I suppose you might slink off if you like. We live in a world where main battle tanks are used to fight in neighborhoods where children used to play. Where they discharge their huge cannons at buildings that still house civilians.
And you want to say an armored truck with a water cannon is the same thing?
It isn’t. For this discussion, if we see MBTs in the streets firing on us, then it’s too late for detente.
If we don’t, then it isn’t. The state’s previous use of deadly force in individual instances does not mean they would easily order the military to attack the civilian population en Masse.
If you think they would then you can’t possibly still see yourself as free.