A lot of people are obsessed with guns. These people tend to roughly be patriot types, mainstream conservatives at heart who distrust the system and see the possibility of collapse. Or they are preppers, or sometimes more extreme types.
But as Ryu constantly reminds us, the typical gunman a police officer or a soldier is just a small cog in a much larger machine. He can’t function without massive support, so the gun by itself is pretty useless.
The gunman has lots of logistical support, transportation and communication. But what he needs more than anything is eyes. He has to know where to go and who to turn his gun on, and if he doesn’t, he and his support system can defend themselves, but can’t assert control. Guerilla warfare mostly involves establishing bases in hostile areas, then defending those bases. Patrols outside the base are made, and the patrols are defended. People are accosted, rousted, and questioned, and sometimes useful information is obtained, but if the population does not want to cooperate, there is a stalemate, or a Mexican standoff.
From the other side of the fence- what can you do with guns? In modern “peacekeeping” or “stability” operations most of the occupying force wears uniforms and moves around in large, marked vehicles. In modern society, control is distributed among many people, who are not easily identified unless you are in direct contact with them.
As things get uglier, people opposed to the system may want to do something, but who is in control is the first order of business. What are their names? What position do they hold? What do they look like? Where do they live? Who are their family members? What vehicles do they own and drive? As Yogi Berra said, you can see a lot just by watching.