But when a long train of abuses and usurpation’s pursuing invariably the same Object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
– Declaration of Independence, 1776
According to a survey that has been put out by Fairleigh Dickinson University, nearly one third of voters believe an “armed revolution” might be needed in the next few years in order to protect liberty in the United States.
This survey, titled Beliefs About Sandy Hook Cover-Up, Coming Revolution Underlie Divide On Gun Control, indicated that Nearly three-quarters (73%) of Democrats say that Congress needs to pass new laws to protect the public from gun violence, but the views of Republicans are almost completely opposite: 65 percent don’t think new laws are necessary. Overall, registered voters are divided over the need for new gun control legislation. Fifty percent agree it is needed, with 39 percent who disagree.
Obviously there is quite a difference of opinion among voters about the role of guns in society, though the gun control advocates really are on the wrong side of the Second Amendment. However, this same poll found that 29 percent of Americans think that an armed revolution will be necessary within the next few years in order to protect the liberties, which are supposed to be protected under the US Constitution and upheld by those that swear an oath to support and defend it, but are failing to do so.
These beliefs fall along party lines as well. Only 18 percent of Democrats believe an armed revolution may be necessary, as opposed to 44 percent of Republicans and 27 percent of independents. Still, those numbers fall close to the same numbers that were present during the War for Independence. Historians have estimated that approximately 40 to 45 percent of the colonists supported Independence from Great Britain, while 15 to 20 percent remained loyal to the Crown. The remainder attempted to be neutral, until they had no other alternative.
Only 38 percent of Americans who believe a revolution might be necessary support additional gun control legislation, compared with 62 percent of those who don’t think an armed revolt will be needed.