Weapons and ideas are complementary. Your written and spoken words have the most effect when there is blood behind them. On a global scale, the most effective way to make people understand that you are serious is when you are prepared to kill and die in defense of your ideals. Many people, me included, are prepared to do that for ours, when you take death off the table for yours we simply don’t believe you.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean murder. The death of innocent people doesn’t do much to further a cause. But the blood of tyrants is fair game. Violence should always be an extreme last resort, but removing the ability of people to resist with violence if needs be, is antithetical to freedom.