The U.S. Military Has Distributed a Survey Among Soldiers That Prepares Them For Shooting Civilians Who Resist Gun Control-Fiction!


Summary of eRumor:
The story is that a survey has been handed out among all U.S. fighting personnel which prepares them for forsaking their allegiance to the President of the United States in favor of serving under the United Nations and which asks about whether they would be willing to shoot civilians who would not submit to a government controlled ban on guns. 

The Truth:

The survey does exist and was passed out to a few hundred Marines in 29 Palms, California, in 1995, but not by the Pentagon.  According to an article in NEW AMERICAN magazine in October of 1995 by John F. McManus, the survey was part of an academic project on the part of a Navy Lieutenant Commander Ernest Guy Cunningham who was earning his Masters Degree from  the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  The survey alarmed some of the Marines and copies soon started being circulated among gun rights supporters.  Lt. Cmdr. Cunningham told McManus that he was a member of the National Rifle Association himself and didn’t agree with the tone of the questions.  He said the survey was intended to confirm and then pass on to higher authorities his fears about “the lack of knowledge among the soldiers about the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and their heritage as Americans.”

updated 10/29/08

A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:

Thought you guys might want to read this. Don’t get bored and miss the last question. This was sent to me by a good friend who would not BS about having the questionnaire in his possess.

I have heard about this test that is being given to our military personnel, and I finally got my hands on this today. I hope you will take the time to read each question and pass this along to your entire mailing list. Unbelievable.

DD Form 3206 (Rev 2/96)

This questionnaire is to gather data concerning the attitudes of combat trained personnel with regard to non-traditional missions. All responses are confidential and official.

Write your answers directly on the form. In Part II, place an “X” in the space provided for your response.


Part A (Confidential when filled in)

Part 1. Demographics.

1. Branch of Service:
Army [ ] USAF [ ] Navy [ ] Marines [ ] ANG [ ] NG [ ] USCG [ ] Other:[________]

2. Pay Grade: (E-6, O-4, etc): [_____________]

3. MOS, AFSC or Specialty Code and Description: [_____________]

4. Highest level of education: Less than 12 [ ] 13 [ ] 14 [ ] 15 [ ] 16 [ ] More than 16 [ ]

5. How many months did you serve in Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield? [___]

6. How many months did you serve in Somalia? [___]

7. Where did you spend most of your childhood? City: [____] County: [____] State: [____]

[Strongly Disagree] [Disagree] [Agree] [Strongly Agree] [No Opinion]

“I would fire upon U.S. citizens who refuse or resist confiscation of firearms banned by the United States government