A very interesting discussion.
I myself struggle with non violence vs. violent revolution. Billy mentions Gandhi and Dr. King. Did they really achieve anything? On the other hand, if we took up arms, that would be just the excuse they need to justify martial law.
If it were to be a violent revolution, the gov would have to be seen as the aggressor by the majority of people. The US gov makes painstaking efforts to try and paint their adversaries as the aggressors such as this decade long drumbeat to war with Iran.
I don't have the answers but this is the certainly the question and Billy has brought it to the forefront.