Nope. The American colonies did not start the violence. Who fired first at Lexington? It was the Redcoats. Who was oppressing whom? It sure wasn’t the Americans.
If you are really interested in this, you need to read St. Roberto Bellarmino, better known in English as St. Robert Bellarmine. His social teaching, and that of the Salamanca School, was the stuff that Locke and Paine and the rest were working off.
The point that the good Cardinal Bellarmine made was that, while it’s okay for Catholics to meekly obey an oppressive king or government that doesn’t fulfil its part of the social contract, or a non-Catholic king or government who persecutes them, it is also okay for them to rebel or to defend themselves by other violent or non-violent means. He fought against the whole silly “Divine Right of Kings” thing. And he wrote a lot of books and pamphlets pointing this out, which were circulated across Europe. (All over Europe, people also wrote books and pamphlets against his views, which ironically spread them even farther.)
English Protestant writers indignantly protested Bellarmine’s viewpoint, but then various Protestant thinkers made use of his arguments for their own purposes. Bellarmine was a big bugaboo and inspiration to the English, and he also was one of the hidden architects of the thinking behind the American Revolution.
Sadly, Bellarmine isn’t super-available in translation, and he wrote so much in Latin that it’s difficult to dig it all up. If you have access (through a university, usually) to “Early English Books Online”, you can read some translations of Bellarmine and some pamphlets arguing against him.
His famous book “De Laicis” (which is available in translation in various places around the Internet) argues that God grants power and authority to all individual human beings, who then may choose collectively to give it to a king or government, or to bestow it elsewhere when they choose. (That line of thinking comes from farther back than David - you will of course remember the prophet Samuel’s attempt to dissuade Israel from impiously choosing a king other than God, in the first place. Anointing kings was originally a form of divine damage control or softening of the covenantal curse consequences, not a sign of divine right.)
I think you can see where that leads directly to “We the People.” It is also in “De Laicis” that he declares that “All men are equal - not in wisdom or grace, but in the essence and nature of mankind.”
St. Robert Bellarmine, theologian of democracy, pray for us!