Something that's struck me as I've watched these protests is just how outnumbered and overmatched the cops are in most of these situations. The cops can effectively control a space if they set out to do so. But they aren't able to keep a general lid on things. Hence the calls for the national guard. (Some will say that its because they're being held back, and there's an element of that, but the reality is they are just outnumbered by a massive amount.) Then when you think that despite the side of these protests, they really represent only a tiny fraction, an almost insignificant portion of the population. It's a sobering thought about what could happen when a significant portion of the population decides they've had enough. When people are fed up with increasingly liberal government and increasingly oppressive laws and regulation, they're going to come out in droves. Not a fraction of 1% of the population. . . but 10%, 20%. Multiply the numbers on the streets by a factor of 100, arm them with baseball bats, knives, crowbars, and guns (plus that one stupid guy with a machete), along with a willingness to kill people who disagree with them, and you've got a glimpse at where we're headed. Law Enforcement won't even be a factor. We've seen their ability to intercede ends as soon as people stop respecting them. National guard and military, much the same boat. Not to mention the wholesale desertion you'll get when they are given standing orders to fire on American citizens. . . many of whom they will probably agree with. Its an ugly picture. Coming your way in 2040 - 2050.