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Nearly half of Republicans believe an armed revolution may be needed
May 1, 2013 at 7:08 PM

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.


  • trippyhippy
    May 1, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    More proof that there is one hell of a lot of nuts in the Republican Party.

  • AdrianneHill
    May 1, 2013 at 7:12 PM
    They want to start a new civil war so bad, they can't stand themselves. What will they do when he quietly leaves office after the new president is elected? They'll be more disappointed than the time after Y2K didn't destroy the world.
    Oh well, good luck in the next global catastrophe
  • KreatingMe
    May 1, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Didn't you know ? That's honestly why they fight so badly for their assault weapons! Honest to bob. 

  • Healthystart30
    May 1, 2013 at 7:18 PM
    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!
  • DestinyHLewis
    May 1, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    I think it says a hell of a lot that 62% of registered voters see the possible need for an armed revolution. 

  • tambrathegreat
    May 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    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.

  • LIMom1105
    May 1, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    Okay, this has become the party of crazy. And they don't get why they don't win national elections?

    How in the world are they going to defend themselves against our military?  Foolishness.

  • AlekD
    by AlekD
    May 1, 2013 at 7:26 PM
  • UpSheRises
    May 1, 2013 at 7:26 PM
    I dont believe that for a second.
  • grandmab125
    May 1, 2013 at 7:27 PM

     Honestly, why don't you get your info from  reliable sources.  Do you even read the stuff you post, or check the links therein?

    (1).  863 people were surveyed.  That's hardly enough people to get a consensus on which came first...the chicken or the egg.

    (2)  Look at the report FDU published.  It doesn't say 44% percent of the republicans think there might be an armed revolution.  It says 29%.  And just because 29% think it might take a revolution to reclaim the USA from the progressives & communists running this country, doesn't mean 29% of the people will take up arms against their country.

    So once again, you are posting a copious amount of drivel.

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