I love you, seriously you know I think you're way smarter than me. But this is a field that even the average marine wouldn't understand, let alone a civilian. Explosives first of all, are graded in classes. The average pipe bomb is a world apart from something made with RDX, ammonium nitrate or Semtex. To make this stuff in viable quantities in the US is incredibly difficult. The best trained marine could not tell you the difference between various types of HE outside of their wrappers. Don't fall in to the media trap.
Guns and land will always mean more to a right winger than gay rights, I've listened to them at stupid NRA meetings (I attended three regarding magazine capacity modification as per state law), rod and gun clubs and listened to them at full auto shoots where they show up in droves. They care about guns and rights on their land, I'm telling you! Do they want gays in their neighborhood? Hell no! Will they start a war over it? No chance. As I said before, look at their history - what they are willing to kill for.
Believe me as a weapons and security specialist, I am well aware of the their entire possible arsenal, because there is a limit to what they could have (they definately do not have air support, armor support or artillery support) and they certainly do not even have third generation anti tank or anti air weaponry. Mortars are even extremely unlikely unless they came from Mexico (which is possible).
What makes you think that a Republican congress would get in the way of preventing civil war? That you WILL have to explain even though I intend to research it.
As,far,as,drones go, unless you've been involved with them (I have seen what they are capable of) you have no idea. Everyone has the perception of this big white flying thing that drops smart bombs. No. Drones come in a myriad shapes and sizes designed for every concievable reconnaissance and cobat description. Add to that as I said, mixed neighborhoods of pro-government and there is nowhere for these dudes to hide. Guerrillas are only invisible while by far while passive. Nowadays even acoustic ballistic sensors can tell where a shot or shell originated from.
Please remember that guerrilla warfare is only sustainable with a completely sympathetic,population. Nowhere in the South is everything right wing, that's a fantasy.