By AATTP contributing author Omar Rivero from Occupy Democrats
Continuing their hot streak of anti-government schizophrenic paranoia, 44% of Republican voters told Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Publicmind pollsters that they believe an “armed revolution” might be necessary against the federal government in order to defend their freedom and liberties. That number is more than two and a half times the 18% of Democrats who said the same.
The antigovernment paranoia is so prevalent within America’s conservative movement, the same survey determined that almost a third of Republicans, 32%, believe that the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary Shool, which left 21 children and 5 adults dead, is a false flag government operation actively being covered up by a complacent national media.
According to the results: “Turning to attitudes toward the Sandy Hook shooting in December 2012, which prompted the recent debate over the need for new gun control laws, the survey finds that overall, a quarter (25%) of Americans think that facts about the shootings at Sandy Hook elementary last year are being hidden and an additional eleven percent are unsure. Republicans are more likely to think that the truth about Sandy Hook is being suppressed, with 32 percent agreeing.”
It is also worth noting that, although these conservatives were relatively quiet while President Bush trampled on our Constitution and civil liberties, antigovernment and Second Amendment paranoia are at historical highs. This puts into question the rationality of their fears, and brings up the question of whether or not these fears are being fueled by a visceral reaction to America’s first African-American president.
When it comes to gun control, the study found that the supporters of both parties have diametrically opposed opinions, as 73% of Democrats support stricter gun legislation while 65% of Republicans oppose any and all new gun-control laws.
How many more mass shootings and massacres must America endure before the Republican Party stops per serving the second amendment rights of criminals, suspected terrorists, and the mentally unstable? How much blood needs to be spilled before conservatives put aside their antigovernment paranoia and work with the rest of us in order to pass commonsense legislation designed to stem gun massacres?
Only time will tell, but now that the Republican senators who voted to filibuster universal background checks are feeling the heat at the polls, we must keep the pressure on and force them to do the right thing by their constituents.
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