Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Boston — April 20, 1775


National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned weapons were ambushed on April 19 by elements of a paramilitary 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. 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 widespread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed weapons.

Gage issued a ban on private ownership of weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting 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, the 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 Lexington’s 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 the surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units.

Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched 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 has also condemned the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and John Hancock, remain at large!

— First reported on April 20, 1775, Author Unknown

Could our government (read Obama) be capable of doing this?

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Discussion | 7 comments

  • 1036-FrankApril 24, 2013 - 7:25 am

    If the Bummer can refuse to secure the borders of the country and not enforce immigration laws in five years while promising amnesty, fail to stop radical Jihadists from being given refugee status and welfare payments and flights to this country and can't say the words that the radical Jihadists are the enemy of all free nations while at the same time supporting and aiding radical Jihadists movements in several countries with US foreign aid and shipments of some of our best tanks and fighters to known Jihadists in Egypt, anything is possible and bad results are certain.

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  • cookie65April 24, 2013 - 8:12 am

    bill clinton and janet reno.

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  • 1036-FrankApril 24, 2013 - 8:33 am

    Add to the list of subversives, Hillary, Janet, and Holder, these three are as dangerous to liberty as the British were in 1776.

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  • cookie65April 24, 2013 - 9:22 am

    Can you find the original writing of this? This is written in modern English.

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  • EvelynApril 24, 2013 - 9:41 am

    Yes, the language is modern. See: "Riot in Boston: How Today’s Media Would Have Reported It" - HERE

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  • Bruce HaydenApril 25, 2013 - 9:17 pm

    I was wondering where this came from as nothing in the history books support what Mr. Wilmoth letter states. I looked for it online but only in the Mountain Democrat could I find anything like this. Then I read her where there is a link to the article that Mr. Wilmoth copied from. Of course it is a complete fictional account of the actual fact of what happened on the date. It isn't even close to the what happened. Mr Wilmoth apparently wants to believe this is true, why would he write such a fictitious account otherwise. Perhaps we need to send Mr Wilmoth back to school and learn about the Siege of Boston. It has nothing to do with confiscation of arms, Gage was not the Governor but a General in the British Army. The siege was the beginning of the Revolutionary War. This account that Mr Wilmoth puts out as fact isn't even close to what happened in history that day. The author of this piece is from a group purporting to support the 2nd amendment, which I can support as well. But what I read on the site is often more paranoia about the Government coming to get your firearms. Which even if anyone in the Government had even the slightest inclination to do would be as much a pipe dream as those who say it is going to happen. Which the reason for this distortion of history. The entire history of the making of our country is far more interesting and complex than many would like to believe. To see something like this passed off as if this is the way it would be reported today is merely shows who little some people know of our history and even more so a lack of reason and logic when the accept this as possibly true.

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  • Dan SmithJuly 12, 2013 - 9:07 am

    Bruce, This account may or may not be factual but the overriding effect is accurate. Please refer to “The Powder Affair” on the same date in history. Bruce, the point you are missing is that what happened to the citizens of 16th century North America is happening to us all in the here and now. If you can’t see that there is something very wrong with your thought process…….

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