Nearly half of Republicans believe an armed revolution may be needed
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.