I’ll readily concede that Ms. Martinchek’s comments to not explicitly call for violence, but she certainly goes well beyond the notion that we should change the government through our votes. When I suggested that she was advocating violence, she made no effort to deny my suggestion. I think it fair to characterize her position as a dog whistle for violence.
Yes, the Revolutionary War was indeed a war, and during that war about 24,000 soldiers and civilians died from its effects, out of a population of about 2.5 million. That’s about 1% of the population; with over 300 million Americans today, that would amount to about 3 million deaths. If we compare it to the American Civil War, which killed at least 2% of the population, then we end up with 6 million dead in a modern civil war. As a pacifist, I’m sure you realize that even loose talk about amassing weapons is unacceptable.