Will the Gun Control Push Lead to Another Revolution?
February 26, 2013 6:31pm CST
http://www.davekopel.org/2A/LawRev/american-revolution-against-british-gun-control.html [i]This Article reviews the British gun control program that precipitated the American Revolution: the 1774 import ban on firearms and gunpowder; the 1774-75 confiscations of firearms and gunpowder; and the use of violence to effectuate the confiscations. It was these events that changed a situation of political tension into a shooting war. Each of these British abuses provides insights into the scope of the modern Second Amendment. Furious at the December 1773 Boston Tea Party, Parliament in 1774 passed the Coercive Acts. The particular provisions of the Coercive Acts were offensive to Americans, but it was the possibility that the British might deploy the army to enforce them that primed many colonists for armed resistance. The Patriots of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, resolved: “That in the event of Great Britain attempting to force unjust laws upon us by the strength of arms, our cause we leave to heaven and our rifles.” A South Carolina newspaper essay, reprinted in Virginia, urged that any law that had to be enforced by the military was necessarily illegitimate. The Royal Governor of Massachusetts, General Thomas Gage, had forbidden town meetings from taking place more than once a year. When he dispatched the Redcoats to break up an illegal town meeting in Salem, 3000 armed Americans appeared in response, and the British retreated. Gage’s aide John Andrews explained that everyone in the area aged 16 years or older owned a gun and plenty of gunpowder. Military rule would be difficult to impose on an armed populace. Gage had only 2,000 troops in Boston. There were thousands of armed men in Boston alone, and more in the surrounding area. One response to the problem was to deprive the Americans of gunpowder. Modern “smokeless” gunpowder is stable under most conditions. The “black powder” of the 18th Century was far more volatile. Accordingly, large quantities of black powder were often stored in a town’s “powder house,” typically a reinforced brick building. The powder house would hold merchants’ reserves, large quantities stored by individuals, as well as powder for use by the local militia. Although colonial laws generally required militiamen (and sometimes all householders, too) to have their own firearm and a minimum quantity of powder, not everyone could afford it. Consequently, the government sometimes supplied “public arms” and powder to individual militiamen. Policies varied on whether militiamen who had been given public arms would keep them at home. Public arms would often be stored in a special armory, which might also be the powder house. Before dawn on September 1, 1774, 260 of Gage’s Redcoats sailed up the Mystic River and seized hundreds of barrels of powder from the Charlestown powder house. The “Powder Alarm,” as it became known, was a serious provocation. By the end of the day, 20,000 militiamen had mobilized and started marching towards Boston. In Connecticut and Western Massachusetts, rumors quickly spread that the Powder Alarm had actually involved fighting in the streets of Boston. More accurate reports reached the militia companies before that militia reached Boston, and so the war did not begin in September. The message, though, was unmistakable: If the British used violence to seize arms or powder, the Americans would treat that violent seizure as an act of war, and would fight. And that is exactly what happened several months later, on April 19, 1775.[/i] If you've been paying attention you know that over 400 Sheriffs in the US have written letters to the White House stating they will not enforce any federal laws infringing on their citizen's 2nd Amendment rights. A sheriff is the highest ranking law enforcement officer in his respective county. Further more, the sheriff's historical role was as the elected head of the militia in his county. There are also the State's who've passed Nullification of any Federal Gun Control laws. I have even read a conservative poll taken of sheriffs, asking them if they'd enforce confiscation laws. An overwhelming 100% said; are you insane? that would be a suicide mission! Will there be a second revoution? What would be the outcome? Is the government even now, preparing for this with executive orders giving the President power of life and death over Americans in the NDAA, drones patroling the skies, and UN troops being given power to act as law enforcement in America?
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27 Feb 13
Debra, this is the kind of discussion I'd rather ignore, but I can't. Will there be a second revolution? It all depends on how many people there are left in the US who have the courage to have principals, much less stand on them. There are some... there are many. But there are many who are too willing to go along with anything as long as someone else feeds and clothes them. If you put the events leading to the Revolutionary War alongside the events leading to the Holocaust, you can see what I mean. It all depends on the people. Do I want a revolution? God forbid; I do not. But if it comes to that (which it seems to be doing rather quickly), then we must stand for the things our nation was born from: Liberty, personal responsibility and human dignity. We will rebel or we will be slaves. It's as simple as that. Time will tell.