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Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Jul 6, 2013.

  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    Boston – National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed by elements of a Para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimate that 72 were killed and more than 200 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.
    Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement.
    Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. The governor, who described the group’s organizers as “criminals,” issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government’s efforts to secure law and order.
    The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.
    Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early this month between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms.
    One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that “none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned over their weapons voluntarily.”
    Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government’s plans.
    During a tense standoff in the Lexington town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists.
    Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.
    Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.
    Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops.
    Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as “ringleaders” of the extremist faction, remain at large.
    And this fellow Americans, is how the American Revolution began, April 20, 1775.
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  2. tacmotusn

    tacmotusn Mosquito Sailor

    ha ha ha ha ....... yup about 200 plus years ago. You had my immediate attention for a moment however.
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  3. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    And until the last two lines, I was thinking, "It's on!" and "Where's the link to the story?" :lol:
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  4. Gray Wolf

    Gray Wolf Monkey+++

    When they mentioned Lexington, I knew the rest of the story.
  5. Minuteman

    Minuteman Chaplain Moderator Founding Member

    How many would resist today? I have always remembered a speech by Mark Koernke I was listening to back in the '90s. He said that if they declared it illegal to own guns, and you had 24 hours to turn them in or go to prison, that 9 out of 10 people would turn theirs in immediately. But, he went on to say, do the math. There is an estimated 100 million gun owners in the U.S. If 90% turned in their guns that still leaves 10 million, armed and dedicated patriots to resist.
    There is a quote, and I can't recall who it is attributed to or the exact wording but it goes something to this effect; In the beginning of a revolution there are many patriots, being a patriot is easy, it costs you nothing. But when the struggle begins and it is seen that you may be required to sacrifice your wealth, your freedom, and possibly your life, then being a patriot is a lonely thing.
    True patriots were scarce then and will be again. But the dedicated 3% in 1775 prevailed in the end.
  6. Gunny Highway

    Gunny Highway Hard Work and Sacrifice blessed by God's Grace Site Supporter

    Love it - keep em coming !
    three percenter.
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