I've seen it argued numerous times that an armed populace such as ours still does not have the might to stand up to an organized professional army. What this arugment ignores, however, is that a resistance movement needs not defeat an invading army head-on to be successful
I agree with Webley's thoughts here... In addition, an armed subculture (be it ethnic or religious minority, or political minority as in communist states) need not fight the military head-on, because the oppression builds gradually. During WWII, the French and the Greek resistance movements started with old pistols and antique rifles, but that enabled them to get explosives and detonators, along with more modern firearms. By the time the Nazi's realized they needed to clamp down hard, it was too late, and the insurrection was organized, armed, and effective.