The people of any country are ultimately responsible for the actions of their government. Any alternative view is horrifying — suggesting that people are sheep, in thrall to whatever political faction happens to get control of their state. People do act like sheep all the time, but they cannot evade moral responsibility for this.
If the state is armed but the people are not armed, this offers an excuse for ovine behavior. This excuse is not acceptable. The people of every morally responsible state must remain armed, and prepared to resist an immoral government by force of arms.