This post began as a comment over at gunfree zone, but got long enough that I decided to make a post out of it.
The thought among Democrats is that they are going to make guns illegal. Let's say that you manage to circumvent or repeal the Second Amendment and then pass your dream wish list of gun control laws. All guns are now illegal. Now what?
SWAT is going to go door to door and take them? How is that working out in Washington state
So you manage to find enough cops that will go door to door and take them. Guys like these:
I suppose that those guys look pretty scary and impressive, if you don't know anything about guns or military tactics. Bunching up like that only works in an environment where there is only one threat, and you know where it is.
You know what that looks like to me? An ambush target. Someone in the police department, even a clerk, gets wind of a raid and makes a call. The guy they are there to see? He is waiting across the street with a handful of his friends, watching these idiots. A mad minute from as few as three guys with decent rifles, and your SWAT team is toast. The next raid will have a harder time finding volunteers. There are over 100 million firearms owners in this country.
So what then?
There are reports that the Democrats are beginning to request military assistance in eliminating "gun crime." The Democrats insist that a citizen's militia armed with rifles can't defeat the US military. They are right. However, the US military isn't who a citizen's militia will be fighting.
If I have learned anything from watching the wars in the mideast and in Vietnam, it is this:
The US military cannot be beaten in battle.
The US itself CAN be beaten with a change in tactics:
Every soldier depends on a long logistics chain that delivers the widgets needed for the machinery of war: everything from diodes found in an F35's avionics, to bullets, and even fuel for vehicles. Attacking the US military through challenges to logistics, a military art that the US army practically invented, is difficult if you are a foreign belligerant, because our logistical base is protected by an ocean with SLOCs guarded by the strongest navy in the world.
The answer to defeating the US as a nation lies not in fighting the military. That isn't a winning strategy. Instead, defeating the military involves attacking unguarded supply lines. A tank without fuel is a pillbox. A jet fighter without parts to repair its avionics is a static display.
So the military expends forces to guard supply convoys. The civilian militia knocks down power lines. Now forces are needed to patrol the power infrastructure. Then the rail lines that bring raw materials to the factories are sabotaged. Then factory workers. Military families are attacked while soldiers are away guarding convoys.
A civil war is always brutal and bloody. One thing that the British discovered in 1776 was that militia forces don't follow the rules that armies do. Those cowardly colonial militias didn't fight fair. They deliberately targeted officers, they hid instead of standing in the open. The militias were composed of veterans who learned lessons by fighting in the indian wars. The militias today are made up largely of veterans who learned lessons on asymmetrical warfare from our current conflicts.
Those on the left who are advocating for this think that such a war would only be fought by the military. The ones dying will be only the people they despise: the military and the gun owning right. They don't realize that such a fight would be fought in their own backyards, their own gated neighborhoods.