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Nearly half of Republicans believe an armed revolution may be needed

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Anthony Santor helps a customer select a rifle at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store on January 19, 2012 in Tinley Park, Illinois.


A new survey finds that nearly half of Republican voters believe that an "armed revolution" may be necessary against the U.S. government in the near future.

Such a large part of the Republican platform is the vocal support of gun rights and the Second Amendment. Equally vocal is the conservative hatred and paranoia for government and their fear of a government takeover. According to a survey by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind, 44 percent of Republicans polled said they believe an "armed revolution" might be needed against the federal government in order for them to defend their freedom and liberties. The number is more than double the 18 percent of Democrats who also agreed in an "armed revolution."

When asked about gun control, the supporters of both parties are polar opposites. Almost two-thirds, 73 percent of Democrats say that Congress should pass new and stricter gun legislation, but 65 percent of Republicans oppose any new laws involving guns. Dan Cassino, a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson, notes that the emotional reaction to gun control following the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School has faded.

“If there was a bipartisan moment after Sandy Hook to pass gun control legislation, it’s past. Partisan views have strongly re-asserted themselves, and there’s no sign that they’ll get any weaker.”

The survey also notes that a third of Republicans, 32 percent, believe the truth about the shootings at Sandy Hook are being covered up and are a possible conspiracy.

"Turning to attitudes toward the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, which prompted the recent debate over the need for new gun control laws, the survey finds that overall, a quarter (25%) of Americans think that facts about the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary last year are being hidden and an additional eleven percent are unsure. Republicans are more likely to think that the truth about Sandy Hook is being suppressed, with 32 percent agreeing."

The poll reinforces the belief that many gun rights advocates are often paranoid and have an irrational fear of government.

by on May. 1, 2013 at 7:08 PM
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stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM
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That is crazy.  So much fear and violence, and directed at the government? People need to be participatory, rather than seeing it as citizens against the government.

Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM
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It's about twisting the laws.
Those that oppose the government are now considered possible terrorist threats. Alongside them are those who are anti abortion as well as independent voters.
In a time of "civil unrest" or "mass protest" are the key words in many an executive order being passed through law that make people uneasy.
Most military members take their oath very seriously, but it is not that hard to sway a mass into believing who is against the country.
Look at some of these posts. Republicans and democrats are now how people are labeled, people from opposing political parties take that to heart and it causes serious tension among neighbors. Who's to sort out the right and the wrong?


Quoting Healthystart30:

Huh. I thought republicans considered themselves more patriotic and pro military. How do they think the federal government would even have a chance without military support?

And in the near future? I know a lot of people in the military that would be equally offended that the people actually believe they would turn their guns on them!

talia-mom
by Gold Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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So 44% of 863 people is cause for worry?
Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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And when people are they are discounted for it. Obama stood at the podium and blamed the republicans in congress for neglecting the needs of the country. But plenty called those same republican representatives and told them to vote against gun control. its a mind game.


Quoting stacymomof2:

That is crazy.  So much fear and violence, and directed at the government? People need to be participatory, rather than seeing it as citizens against the government.


lga1965
by on May. 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM

 I don't see them as Republicans. Their mindset and motivation comes from a deep seated hostilty and far right conservatism, not from Republicanism. 

Lizard_Lina
by Silver Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM
Just like the guy panhandleing amongst different religious groups was "genius" even though there were obvious reasons why his experiment was flawed.


Quoting talia-mom:

So 44% of 863 people is cause for worry?

talia-mom
by Gold Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:31 PM
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It fits their bias so it has to be true

Quoting Lizard_Lina:

Just like the guy panhandleing amongst different religious groups was "genius" even though there were obvious reasons why his experiment was flawed.


Quoting talia-mom:

So 44% of 863 people is cause for worry?



abbie.alder
by on May. 1, 2013 at 7:38 PM
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99% of the republicans I know are either police officers, or hold positions of power in the military. I have a group of friends who have control over an entire army base. So, there's that.

Quoting tambrathegreat:

Yeah, let the morons go up against the might of the US military.  Those semi-automatics and high capacity clips will do really well against tanks and bomb-dropping drones.  Idiots one and all, and treasonous to boot.

fireangel5
by Gold Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:44 PM
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Actually the survey says 29%, so thats 250 people. Kinda like that one lesbian activist doesn't speak for all lesbians and gays, 250 don't represent all republicans.  Works both ways right?

Quoting talia-mom:

So 44% of 863 people is cause for worry?



talia-mom
by Gold Member on May. 1, 2013 at 7:46 PM
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true


Quoting fireangel5:


Actually the survey says 29%, so thats 250 people. Kinda like that one lesbian activist doesn't speak for all lesbians and gays, 250 don't represent all republicans.  Works both ways right?

Quoting talia-mom:

So 44% of 863 people is cause for worry?





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