An Anonymous Coward writes:
A gunman fired upon thousands of people attending a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday night, in a brutal attack that is blamed for at least 58 deaths, police say. In the mass shooting and panic that ensued, 515 people were injured. At least one of the dead is an off-duty police officer who was attending the concert.
Editorializing: Interesting how media always emphasize ISLAMIC terrorists, but downplay domestic terrorism as psychologically disturbed individual lone-wolfs.
"you need a solid majority of people behind you"
Sorry, but that just isn't so. In virtually all conflicts, a large minority, or even the majority, of citizens stand by and watch things happen. So long as life remains easy for the masses, that majority is an overwhelming majority. The harder life gets, the more that majority shrinks.
Maybe you recall stories of brothers meeting on opposite sides of a battle in the US Civil war? Times were tough, so a lot of people took sides. And, they didn't always take the side you might expect.
In fact, you do not need a majority of the people behind you. You only need enough people to make things hard on those people who choose to oppose you.