Gun Confiscation 1775 – Lexington And Concord

Gun Confiscation 1775 – Lexington And Concord

Gun Confiscation 1775 – Lexington And Concord

April 19, 2021 is the 246th anniversary of the “shot heard round the world”. It is the beginning of the American War for Independence or the Revolutionary War. It began because of Governor General Gage and his idea that gun confiscation would quell the restlessness of rural colonists. Hmmm, why does that sound familiar?

The day is also called Patriot’s Day.

General Thomas Gage had been head of all British troops in North America for more than ten years. During this time, the Boston Massacre (December, 1770) and Boston Tea Party (December, 1773) occurred. Samuel Adams, 2nd cousin of future President John Adams, led the Tea Party. John Adams defended the British soldiers at the Boston Massacre Trial. Small world.

General Gage sent troops to Lexington to capture Samuel Adams and John Hancock and to Concord to capture the colonials rifles and ammunition. The colonists got word of the plan and decided to hang one lantern in the Old North Church if the British were coming by land and two if by sea. Four men and one woman made late night rides, alerting the early Americans of what dangers lay ahead. They were Paul Revere, Samuel Prescott, Israel Bissell, William Dawes, and Sybil Ludington.

The next day, the colonists said, “Confiscate guns, bitches? Try it.” Well, maybe not those exact words, but the militia (minutemen) were ready. From History.com:

At dawn on April 19, some 700 British troops arrived in Lexington and came upon 77 militiamen gathered on the town green. A British major yelled, “Throw down your arms! Ye villains, ye rebels.” The heavily outnumbered militiamen had just been ordered by their commander to disperse when a shot rang out. To this day, no one knows which side fired first. Several British volleys were subsequently unleashed before order could be restored. When the smoke cleared, eight militiamen lay dead and nine were wounded, while only one Redcoat was injured.

The British then continued into Concord to search for arms, not realizing that the vast majority had already been relocated. They decided to burn what little they found, and the fire got slightly out of control. Hundreds of militiamen occupying the high ground outside of Concord incorrectly thought the whole town would be torched. The militiamen hustled to Concord’s North Bridge, which was being defended by a contingent of British soldiers. The British fired first but fell back when the colonists returned the volley. This was the “shot heard ‘round the world” later immortalized by poet Ralph Waldo Emerson. (Emerson was not the only artist moved to depict the battle; painter Amos Doolittle, known as “The Revere of Connecticut,” created four celebrated engravings of the Battles of Lexington and Concord.)

The Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party and the “shot heard round the world” all led to Thomas Jefferson writing about a “long train of abuses” in the Declaration of Independence.

Nearly 250 years later and we still discuss gun confiscation and taxes.

Beto O’Rourke has always been honest about his desire for gun confiscation. Even the ones who call for “common sense gun control”, really want gun confiscation:

On this Patriots Day, the anniversary of Lexington and Concord, remember that the Second Amendment is not about hunting. The Second Amendment is about having the weaponry to guard against a “long train of abuses”. Be aware of anyone who says “common sense” regarding your right to keep and bear arms.

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  • GWB says:

    Oh, I absolutely think common sense gun control is necessary.

    Focus on the target; properly balance on your feet and between your hands; breathe regularly, but gently; squeeze the trigger. Then recover to a proper sight picture on the redcoat communists/Progressives.

    Also, keep your powder dry and your weapon clean.

    Those seem like common sense to me.

    Oh, and I think anything larger than 20mm or with tracks should be kept in the community armory for safety purposes.

  • cthulhu says:

    Absolutely in favor of common-sense gun control. From the instant a bullet starts moving down the barrel to the time that it comes to rest, you are morally, ethically, and legally responsible for its path. Apply it carefully and make it count.

  • Slightly Annoyed Max says:

    Hmmm. Can we have common-sense politician control first? Because this lot are a serious threat to life, limb and liberty.

  • HTom says:

    Mom had it right: “Gun control is shooting only your intended target.”

  • RANDY POCHEL says:

    We are at a pivital moment in our countrys history. The Left has blown hell wide open and unleashed it upon us. They dont just want money and power anymore, This they have, They want to be worshipped as gods. If it means murdering all seventyfive million of us, so be it.
    As they keep pushing and pushing, they want us to rebel so then, as now they will have a “reason” to crush us.
    Time for our reps and goveners to step up. Time for us to go to the capitals and say NO! Time for us to GO to Washington and say NO!
    We will not give up anymore , burn with the mask and covid.

    Dear Congress
    you have been doing and extreamly poor job. You have cost this country too much money and overdrawn ( embezzeled) our banks. You have aided powers hostile to us ( TREASON) and been teaching, ( BRAINWASHING) our children with anti American and anti GOD propaganda
    ( SEDATION) incompatible to the ideals of the US founders.
    Therefore since it is obvious you dont have the countrys best interest in mind, and are incapable of leading in a REPUBLIC, effective immeadiatly we are demanding that you clean out you desk and remove youself from the premises , YOUR FIRED!

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