I am surprised that anyone has taken the secession petitions as serious attempts to secede rather than what they actually are, protests against the way the federal government is being run. To see that Forbes, a purported reputable publication, published such an article is somewhat disappointing, to say the least. It appears Forbes was either "scraping the bottom of the barrel" for material or having "amateur hour" in the publishing department.
As for the US military using force against American civilians, the thought is somewhat frightening that the federal government would see the need to hold power so important that it would kill its own citizens. We have seen it before in this country, and if you watch the news you can see it any day of the week.
This is my gun. There are many like her, but this one is mine.
With Freedom Comes Responsibility!