Fairleigh Dickinson University just published the stupefying results of their recent national survey about armed revolution and gun control. Asked for their opinion about this question: “In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties”, 29% said an armed revolution may be necessary. That’s three in ten of my fellow citizens. Three in ten!
The survey also shows how belief in the potential need for armed revolution against our government correlates with beliefs about gun control. Only four in ten (38%) who believe a revolution might be necessary support additional gun control legislation. Additional legislation is supported by over six in ten (62%) who do not think armed revolt will be needed.
The results also differ by party, with two in ten (18%) Democrats thinking an armed revolution may be necessary versus more than four in ten (44%) Republicans. That’s a lot of Republicans! It’s also a lot of Democrats.
The survey also asked if respondents believe that: “Some people are hiding the truth about the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in order to advance a political agenda.” I feel naive to be shocked that a quarter of us does believe facts about the shooting are being hidden.
One of the poll analysts said: “The differences in views of gun legislation are really a function of differences in what people believe guns are for. 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.” That sounds accurate.
As I wrote here, I once owned a .22 rifle, but not in case I needed to overthrow my government, and I didn’t get rid of it because it would be outmatched by my government’s weaponry. I always thought democracy was the least bad of all possible arrangements for a large society. That’s why I vote.
It’s very disturbing that three in ten Americans believe our democratic form of government may have to be overthrown. It’s downright peculiar that they also believe their firearms could do the job.