The Politics of Guns

April 25, 2010

This –

“All politics is local.”Tip O’Neill, long-time Massachusetts Congressman and Speaker of the House of Representatives.

plus this –

“All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war.”Billy Beck, August 2009.

equals this:

“All civil war is local.”Mike Vanderboegh, 19 April 2010.

For those of you that unwittingly suffered thru years of indoctrination in school instead of learning the actual history of how this country was formed and became the premier leader of the free world, here is one nugget of knowledge to redeem yourself with on the next history exam.  Study it well,  as the exam comes not at a time of your choosing.

At sunrise on April 19th, 1775, at the eastern side of Lexington, Massachusetts, about 75 Lexington minutemen stepped out of Buckman Tavern to see over 200 British troops moving along the road.  The Lexington minutemen had been warned in advance of British troops making their way towards Concord.  These 200  British troops were the advance guard for the main body of about 500 soldiers.  When the two forces confronted each other, a British officer at the lead commanded the minutemen to lay down their arms and disperse.  The leader of the minutemen, realizing that his men were outnumbered 3 to 1, ordered his men to disperse.  And this is where all historical accounts start to get fuzzy.  Somebody, or somebodies, in all the milling around and confusion, was a little too nervous or was just a little trigger happy,  fired their musket.  Not clear if it was British troopers or minutemen or both, but in the havoc that followed, eight minutemen were killed and ten wounded while only one British soldier was injured.  The remaining minutemen fled into the surrounding area.    These then, were “the shot heard round the world”.  Within a week over  15,000 militiamen had the British forces retreating and surrounded them in  Boston.  These  men were  the beginnings of the Continental Army.

This story is of more than passing interest, as on April 19th, 2010, just outside Mount Vernon, Virginia, 75 men were assembled at Fort Hunt for the “Restore The Constitution” rally.  This has historical significance as being  the first armed, but peaceful, show of opposition to the out-of-control and hostile Obama administration.  Coverage of the event by many foreign news services, including Russia Today and al-Jezeera greatly eclipsed the local coverage in clarity and depth.  A local politician showed up with the local tv channel film crew, just to use the opportunity so say he “found the situation concerning”.  And one bright citizen brought a bright yellow sign that said “Tim McVeigh was not a hero!”.  Duh!  Have no idea where that came from.  It invites the rhetorical, “And?”, as if they might have something more meaningful and relevant to say.  Another protesters sign read “They’re not Patriots – they’re terrorists”. If all it takes is 75 armed men make you fearful for the safety of your little socialistic world and your messianic socialist leadership, then my job is done here.  Think of this picture as what you see in the  cell phone commercials, except there are a million of these guys in the background.  ” Can you hear me now?”

And here’s my point.  A good third of the country doesn’t get the point of having an armed rally, just across the river from  the Capitol.  Probably never will.  Save your breath trying to explain it.  Another third of the country just doesn’t care.  Never will, no matter what the issue is.  But the last third –  they’re paying attention.  If something had gone terribly wrong on April 19th, and those 75 men were left to face the advance guard of today’s version of “the King’s men”,   do you think it would take a week for 15,000 men to join up and engage those forces as did the fledgling Continental Army?

Thought for the day:  Your Second Amendment rights is what guarantees your First Amendment rights as well as all the others.  Any right you’re afraid to exercise is not a right.

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