Sunday, November 09, 2008

Short History Of Gun Control In This Nation

The attempts of the superior British Military to seize weapons and ammunition from free citizens began our Revolutionary War at Lexington and Concord in 1775. The American militia captain shouted, before the shooting started, "Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they want a war, let it start here!".

A short time latter, in historical terms, the offending government had no authority in this land and those who sided with it lost their wealth, possessions and citizenship.

Of course, the nature of war has changed from those long-ago days of open formations firing volleys at the enemy's likewise formally arrayed troops. In those days there was no effort to "take out" the opponent's non-military leaders, a tactic which has become more common in today's irregular warfare.

Members of our legislative bodies, heads of our executive governments and our judges should all consider the above history lesson. Perhaps,publishers, editors, academics and other leaders should also consider them.

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