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Thu May 2, 2013, 11:21 AM

13. I didn't see anywhere in that poll

that explained why people expect an armed rebellion. Rather, it pointed out the relationship between gun ownership and that expectation.


“The differences in views of gun legislation are really a function of differences in what people believe guns are for,” said Cassino. “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.”


Given the fact that we have an African American Democrat in the White House, the 44% figure for Republicans seems a bit low. It is probably driven by partisan angst as much as anything else. Had this poll been taken in 2005 the numbers would probably have been reversed.

But given the fact that we have an African American Democrat in the White House, why do 18% of Democrats think armed insurrection will be necessary? And, given the above quote, they probably own guns. Add to that 27% of independents who also probably own guns and the gun control debate begins to look like a real loser for Democrats.

Why would upwards of one fifth of Democrats feel the need to arm themselves for a revolution? Possible reasons could be:

1. Defense against right wing gun nuts.
2. Economic upheaval due to economic disparity.
3. Socioeconomic upheaval due to resource depletion.
4. Socioeconomic upheaval due to global warming related disasters.
5. The need to used armed resistance to wrest control from the 1%.
6. Defense against a kleptocracy bent on a return to Gilded Age labor economy.

How many of the above possible reasons could become a reality? Given what we know about current socioeconomic trends and the general attitude Democrats have against gun ownership, are the 18% of Democrats who expect to have to initiate an armed insurrection (and who are probably already armed to make the attempt) forward thinking Democrats or Democrats clinging to a vision of the world that has come and gone?


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