George Skelton's conclusion from the Dorner affair that armed Americans could never successfully fight their government is contrary to what transpired. At the most base level, Dorner won: He killed two officers, but the police only got one. Further, if Dorner was indeed hiding within line of sight of the search command center in Big Bear, he could have killed more.
Of even greater significance is the psychological victory Dorner had over the LAPD. One man versus roughly 10,000, and L.A.'s finest were shooting newspaper carriers.
Finally, the Revolutionary War was not fought against a foreign power, as Skelton writes. It was fought against the ruling government. That's why it was called a revolution.