Prior to the Chicom Flu, arguments against an informal militia standing up to the government featured claims that hunting rifles were no match for fighter jets. One congressional idiot even went so far as to talk about nuclear weapons. This was all wrong.
The people fighting to get their livelihoods back aren't facing F-18s. They're going up against cops. Very quickly, they've got the cops outnumbered and outgunned. When their cause has some amount of righteousness, they've also got the sympathy of law enforcement. What cop is going to get killed fighting against people who are desperate to return to work?
A political system where the population is armed is weak. It can't really enforce unjust laws if those laws become too onerous. The militias are showing just how weak the wannabe authoritarians are.