Study: Nearly 30% Of Americans Advocate For An Armed Rebellion

Nearly 30% of Americans advocate for an armed rebellion (RT, May 2, 2013):

Nearly one-third of Americans say an armed revolution might need to occur in the next few years to prevent an escalating war against constitutional liberties, a new study finds.

Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind surveyed 863 US residents randomly in late April and found that 29 percent of those polled believe a revolution isn’t just imminent but imperative.

According to the study, 29 percent of Americans agree that “an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties” during the next few years. Forty-seven percent said they disagreed with the statement entirely, with one-fifth of the sample saying they weren’t sure how to answer.

When quizzing only the most conservative of respondents, though, the call for revolution is supported by a much more significant chunk of the sample pool. PublicMind found that 44 percent of Republicans polled in the survey agree that an armed revolt is the answer to an apparent infringement of liberties. By comparison, 27 percent Independents agreed with the statement, as did only 18 percent of Democrats polled.

Pollsters say there is a reason for this inkling towards revolution, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that it involves a constitutional right that has become increasingly more of a contested issue among members of Congress and regular citizens alike in recent month. At the heart of this issue, suggests PublicMind, is the gun control debate that has rekindled discussion of the Second Amendment since last year’s Aurora, Colorado and Sandy Hook, Connecticut shootings. According to the results of a second question asked during the study, 73 percent of Democrats say Congress needs new gun laws to protect Americans from gun violence, but 65 percent of Republicans are against any changes whatsoever to current legislation..

“If there was a bipartisan moment after Sandy Hook to pass gun control legislation, it’s past,” Fairleigh Dickinson professor of political science Dan Cassino writes in the report that accompanies the poll. “Partisan views have strongly re-asserted themselves, and there’s no sign that they’ll get any weaker.”

“The differences in views of gun legislation are really a function of differences in what people believe guns are for,” Cassino adds. “If you truly believe an armed revolution is possible in the near future, you need weapons and you’re going to be wary about government efforts to take them away.”

Earlier this week, RT covered a separate poll conducted recently by Fox News in which respondents were asked, “Would you be willing to give up some of your personal freedom in order to reduce the threat of terrorism?” The result of that survey when coupled with similar ones made during the last dozen years or so reveals that Americans are less willing now to part with personal freedoms in exchange for an added sense of security than they were after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

“Whether or not the government overreacted in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 (and, given the information available at the time, reasonable people can disagree), Americans then broadly supported a vigorous domestic counterterrorism policy,” Alan Rozenshtein wrote for Lawfare Blog. “This time around, a rights-restrictive approach might not garner the same public support — if indeed that’s the road the government intends to go down.”

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Comment by Maria De Wind on June 22, 2013 at 10:32am

ONLY 30% ? ....

Comment by jim on June 22, 2013 at 11:32am
I know sounds mighty low doesn't it, I know if the government says we're coming for your guns that number will grow 10 fold. I have noticed in a bunch of people who could care less what's going on and if it doesn't effect them directly there is nothing wrong. The fact is and I've told them repeatedly it does effect you, you just don't see it.

take their rights away one by one tell them it's for their safety people have no problem with it but, rest assured tell them the government is coming for their guns and now they have a problem with it.

it blows my mind, take their money, guns or homes people have a problem with our government. But take away their rights and freedoms and tell them it's for the safety of our national security they let it go. What in the hell is in the water they are drinking.
the lies they hear on a daily basis on cable news is the number one problem if more people will get rid of their cable like I did they will see the world for what it truly is and not the lies they pound in your head every day.
Comment by ted dura on June 22, 2013 at 7:14pm

thats a big number the entire revolution consisted of only 3 percent of the population thats why the big push on rights to get the power to enslave quickly--my only question is will the populous enslave itself--govts were made to eventually fall and we are at the end of our governments rein--

Comment by Murray Stirling on June 22, 2013 at 7:49pm

-We appear to be screwed by governments all over the world. One has the feeling we are over governed by people who can not balance budgets and only think of them selves.

Comment by Bildo on June 23, 2013 at 3:30pm

And the biggest thing that people don't realize is that it is NOT a lawful government that we have. Why can't we stop calling it "government"? It is a foreign-owned, bankrupt corporation masquerading as government. They rule you by statutes. Statutes are NOT law.

One has the feeling we are over governed by people who can not balance budgets and only think of them selves.  Well, yeah, that's what corporations do. If there was an actual government, things probably wouldn't be this way. Corp US is not my government. I am not a member/subject/employee/citizen of their corporation.

Comment by Ken Brodeur on June 23, 2013 at 10:16pm

I travel the country and find people everywhere simmering, upset and ready to go!

Comment by karen arsenault on June 24, 2013 at 8:56am

 By the year 2025 the U.S. could be split into two countrys the imagration bill will pave the way do away with our constitution.

Comment by ted dura on June 24, 2013 at 11:09am

sorry to say i agree with you by 2019 we will become a spanish speaking nation--if immigration passes, you can be assured that only the democats will be in power for ever--how frightening-

i'm also sure that something very big will happen very soon--heard lots of foriegn troops ready to roll on us-i'm in colorado mtns and the russian/ukranian troops are here daily-they practice most all night in my area using infared and practicing 100 ft drops--

Comment by joe banana on June 24, 2013 at 1:06pm

Where do I sign up? What we have here is an unconstitutional regime, it became illegitimate 12 years ago. As American citizens, it's our DUTY to alter or abolish this tyrannical form of government. It's not a right, it's our DUTY, we must act, we have no choice. If we don't act, we become the traitors, the "aiders and abetters", the enslaved.

Comment by Bildo on June 24, 2013 at 1:20pm

Ummm, we haven't had a legitimate government since waaaaaay before that. Plus, it is not a government. It is a foreign-owned, bankrupt corporation masquerading as your government.


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