Today is the 239th anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord. This was the first day that American colonists fired on British troops, known as "the shot heard 'round the world". April 19th should be a national holiday on the same level as July 4th. It should also be a solemn and reverent observation. It was the beginning of our revolution and the beginning of our history as a free people. We should all be very grateful. There would be no open carry if we were still British.
Edit: The British were attempting to seize arms and ammunition from the colonists.
Last edited by gutshot; 04-19-2014 at 08:57 PM.
Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.
"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."
I carry to defend my loved ones; Desensitizing and educating are secondary & tertiary reasons. Anything else is unintended.
“Life, liberty, and property do not exist because men have made laws. On the contrary, it was the fact that life, liberty, and property existed beforehand that caused men to make laws in the first place.” - Frederic Bastiat
"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle." - Edmund Burke
I remember when I was in school and had to do a report on some facet of the Revolutionary War, I was torn between the Lexington/Concord incident and the use of guerilla warfare by Francis Marion and Nathanael Greene (amongst others). Fortunately, between grade school, high school, and college history classes, I was able to write about both of them as they were my favorite aspects of that war.
“Freedom is something that dies unless it's used.”
- Hunter S. Thompson
"The strength of the Constitution, lies in the will of the people to defend it."
- Thomas Edison.