Three in ten American voters believe an armed rebellion will be necessary in the next few years to protect civil liberties, according to a poll released by Farleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind.
The sample of 863 registered voters recorded that almost half of the Republicans polled agreed that an armed revolution might be necessary. Only 27 percent of Independents and 18 percent of Democrats agreed.
The bipartisan disagreement is even greater when considering gun control legislation. Only 24 percent of Republicans favored new laws, while 73 percent of Democrats favored new legislation.
“If there was a bipartisan moment after Sandy Hook to pass gun control legislation, it’s past,” Dan Cassino, a professor at Farleigh Dickson, said. “Partisan views have strongly reasserted themselves, and there’s no sign that they’ll get any weaker.”
Voters were also asked if they believed that the Sandy Hook shooting occurred in order to advance a political agenda. One in four believed agreed that the statement was true.
The results are unsurprising, considering that Congress recently discussed the Department of Homeland Securities’ procurement of ammunition after Alex Jones, conspiracy theorist and radio host, accused the DHS of stockpiling ammunition in preparation for war.
“If you truly believe an armed revolution is possible in the near future,” Cassino said, “you need weapons and you’re going to be wary about government efforts to take them away.”