Gurilla warfare, the type fought by a civilian population is almost impossible to defeat by a normal military. Special forces specially trained have limited success. The ‘rebels’ have the choice of time place and method of assault. Great Britain was the most powerful armed force in the world at the time of our revolution. They were beaten soundly. We lost our collective asses in Vietnam to a gurilla type war machine. Look at Afghanistan. Its like a video game. We knock them down in one place and they pop up in another. That is why no nation in modern times has been successful there. Air power, tanks, drones and ‘smart weapons’ all can make a mess of things but cannot in anyway be decisive in that sort of conflict. Nuke ‘em? Maybe. But who is going to give the order to do that, especially if the fighting is taking place in NYC or LA or Atlanta or Dallas or DC? More to the point. Who is going to carry it out? IMHO with the exception of a few social climbing generals the rest of our military would side with their families and the civilians. War is hell and Civil War is probably the worst kind of hell. It may be what the Marxists want.
Despite popular myth, the AmRevWar was NOT primarily a guerrilla war nor was GB “beaten soundly”.
And again, I point to the fact that any gov unafraid to ruthlessly bomb anything from sky and sea WILL win over those rebels in this day and age. The samples cited only demonstrate the wimpiness of the US machine - the US could destroy half the earth if it had the will. We mere citizens have been disallowed the heavy artillery - mere handguns stand no chance without commandeering it.
I shudder to think of the firepower if even every tenth scoped deer rifle was pulled out of the closet and put into service. A tyrant’s loyalist forces could pick just about any street in America and somebody would start picking them off one by one. Drip, drip, drip.