If They Come for Your Guns, Do You Have a Responsibility to Fight? Our founders did not want a democracy for they feared a true democracy was just as dangerous as a monarchy. The founders were highly educated people who were experienced in defending themselves against tyranny. They understood that the constitution could protect the people by limiting the power of anyone to work outside of it much better than a pure system of popularity. A system of checks and balances was set up to help limit corruption of government and also the potential for an immoral majority developing within the American People. We have forgotten in this country that we are ultimately ruled by a constitution.