When American citizens engage in armed battles with either each other or the federal government, the potential for bloodshed is enormous. From the early 2016 militia standoff at a wildlife range in Oregon all the way back to the earliest days of the United States, people who fought the government took on everyone from corrupt local politicians to heavy-handed law enforcement. Sometimes, they just shot at people they were beefing with.
As a result, open rebellions have taken place over a dozen times, with federal officers often firing on anti-federalist Americans - who have no qualms about shooting back. The US Constitution itself was spurred by incidents where citizens took arms against the nascent US, and anti-federalism is alive and well in 2016. Sometimes, government standoffs end with everyone just packing up and leaving. Others, they end in violence and tragedy.Here are the times that anti-government violence threatened to explode in civil war - including one time when it actually did.