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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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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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