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Republicans & 2nd Amendment Remedies

By The Reverend Published: May 2, 2013

1) Studies have demonstrated that having a gun in your home makes you less safe.

"...people who keep a gun in their home are almost twice as likely to die in a gun-related homicide,"....."The risk of killing oneself using a gun was almost 17 times greater for persons who live in a home where there is a gun, compared to those in homes without guns."

2) The percentage of Americans who own guns has been declining over the last 4 decades....yet there are more guns owned in America than ever before...

The number of households owning guns has declined from almost 50% in 1973 to just over 32% in 2010, according to a 2011 study produced by The University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center. The number of gun owners has gone down almost 10% over the same period, the report found.

Owning a gun makes you less safe, there are fewer Americans (1 in 3) who own guns now than did thirty years ago (1 in 2) and yet there are more guns owned in America now than ever.

Which means that more and more guns are in the ownership of fewer and fewer Americans.

Why is this the case? The marketing of fear? NRA propaganda? Conservative propaganda? I'm sure that there are many factors at play here.....Obama (and Clinton in the 90's) will confiscate guns....or ammunition....or...something. Gun makers and sellers promoting fear as a marketing tool to make more profit. The NRA simply lying about basically everything while also stoking fear.

But a new poll released Wednesday suggests something else is at play here.

44% of Republicans polled by Fairleigh Dickinson University's PublicMind agreed with this statement.....“In the next few years, an armed revolution might be necessary in order to protect our liberties.”

Almost half of all Republicans believe that in the very near future an armed revolution might be necessary. I suppose that such an armed revolution, at least theoretically, would be targeting government who, apparently, have been threatening Americans "liberties."

17% of Democrats and 27% of Independents polled agreed that an armed revolution may soon be necessary. When the 44% of Republicans is factored in, 29% of all Americans agree that armed revolution against government in the near future is likely.

Kind of reminds me of GOP Senate candidate Sharron Angle who "...floated the idea that the public would bring down an out-of-control Congress with Second Amendment remedies. "...if this Congress keeps going the way it is, people are really looking toward those Second Amendment remedies"

For some Republicans, those "remedies" are needed to stop Medicaid expansion. From a Benton County, Arkansas Republican Party newsletter.....

"The 2nd amendment means nothing unless those in power believe you would have no problem simply walking up and shooting them if they got too far out of line and stopped responding as representatives."

 For other Republicans seeking office, 2nd amendment remedies are offered as a reason to elect them. Here's GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike McCalister in 2011 campaigning....

"We need a sign at every harbor, every airport and every road entering our state: 'You're entering a 10th Amendment-owned and -operated state, and justice will be served with the Second Amendment."

Fewer Americans own guns, yet more and more guns are being purchased by fewer and fewer Americans. 44% of Republicans feel that armed revolution against government will be necessary in the near future. So, my question today is this: Are Republicans and conservatives in America stockpiling guns to prepare to fight their own government in some armed revolution they believe is coming in the near future?

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