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72 Killed, 200 Injured In Boston In Attempt To Confiscate Banned Assault Weapons

National guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a Para-military 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. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices. 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 wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons.

Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in 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, 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 surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units.

Colonel Smith, finding his forces over matched 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 also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as "ringleaders" of the extremist faction, remain at large.

. . . And this, people, is how the American Revolution began .

April 20, 1775

Let us not forget!!!

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Jim Osburn June 20, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Thank you Jordan, for bringing a revered historical saga into today's perspective. Certain critics say that the Patriots' muskets of the 1770's were so slow and cumbersome compared to an AR-15 or AK-47 of today, but that is a bogus comparison because they were basically the same weapon used by front line troops of the time.
Brett Solesky July 09, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Oh how cute, I think you're in favor of circumventing the Constitution while trying to uphold it. I think the best part is this part where you try to equate it to the modern day Tea Party movement " has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. " The problem here is you leave out the key historical point of the day which was Taxation without representation. The colonists were being taxed by the wealthy aristocrats of Great Britain to pay for the French and Indian War. The raise in taxes upon the colonists happened without them having representation in Parliament so they had no say in the matter. Conversely today there is representation, and the representation has chosen to raise taxes on those people who make over $500,000 a year in direct contrast with taxing the poor working colonists in the lead up to the War for Independence. So this leaves out the representation that's a part of today's United States within the Constitution and a major part of what the "Tea Party Patriots" seem to not understand. How precisely the Tea Party can claim to be a part of the Patriotic ideology of our founding fathers while completely ignoring the representation that has decided on the taxes is beyond me. But by all means if you want subvert the constitutionally elected representation and start another war, we welcome you to deal with the consequences of your actions.
Brett Solesky July 09, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Oh how cute, I think you're in favor of circumventing the Constitution while trying to uphold it. I think the best part is this part where you try to equate it to the modern day Tea Party movement " has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. " The problem here is you leave out the key historical point of the day which was Taxation without representation. The colonists were being taxed by the wealthy aristocrats of Great Britain to pay for the French and Indian War. The raise in taxes upon the colonists happened without them having representation in Parliament so they had no say in the matter. Conversely today there is representation, and the representation has chosen to raise taxes on those people who make over $500,000 a year in direct contrast with taxing the poor working colonists in the lead up to the War for Independence. So this leaves out the representation that's a part of today's United States within the Constitution and a major part of what the "Tea Party Patriots" seem to not understand. How precisely the Tea Party can claim to be a part of the Patriotic ideology of our founding fathers while completely ignoring the representation that has decided on the taxes is beyond me. But by all means if you want subvert the constitutionally elected representation and start another war, we welcome you to deal with the consequences of your actions.
Brett Solesky July 10, 2013 at 12:57 AM
Dude you already forgot about the part regarding Taxation without representation. If you're going to cite history at least do it accurately.
Jordan S. Zoot July 10, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Come on Illinois tax rates are reasonable..until they go to graduated rates.
Philip Osborne July 16, 2013 at 09:08 AM
This blog is a terrible misinterpretation of history. At the time of the American Revolution, the colonies were ruled by a distant power and had little say in such policies as the tax laws. There is some resemblance to today's situation, but just the opposite of what you imply in your blog. Today's conservatives, especially those affiliated with today's "Tea Party" are so arrogant and rigid about their beliefs they are making it nearly impossible for Congress, especially the House, to enact laws which have the support of the majority of today's Americans--in effect, creating a very real and destructive situation in which the majority of Americans are without effective representation. Today's conservatives are the real threat to America life today.
Jordan S. Zoot July 16, 2013 at 10:06 AM
I hardly fit the definition of conservative....I am pro-choice, no problem with gay marriage, and now regret voting for the current POTUS.....I am also very pro-2A and don't find any inconsistency in all of it. I see a greater threat from narrow minded liberals that don't really grasp what the issues are....you clearly don't understand what I was seeking to articulate.
Philip Osborne July 16, 2013 at 11:18 AM
I'm sure you are right about my not adequately understanding or fairly representing your positions, and I do appreciate the additional information you provided about yourself. I do remain concerned and frustrated, not simply with you, but with the ways in which tea party conservatives block this current administration and Congress and then blame the administration for being ineffective, when the majority of Americans today do not support the tea party agenda.
Jordan S. Zoot July 16, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Mr. Osborne,......I agree our country has been hijacked....however, the Tea Party isn't the only guilty party. POTUS and the Attorney General haven't helped much. Both the President and the DOJ should have stayed the HELL AWAY from the George Zimmerman matter....DOJ has no business engaging in active race baiting is repugnant. The Special Prosecutor in Florida has been indicted and should go to jail for twenty years for the perjury. Its time that the entire system needs to remember that they work FOR the people and not the other way around.
Tantor July 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM
Bravo Mr. Zoot. Great posting.
Jordan S. Zoot July 16, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Thank you sir
Eric Lieberman July 19, 2013 at 09:30 PM
Mr. Zoot, thank you for your bravery!

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