There is no small amount of irony in today’s New York primary, pitting pro-rights Republicans and anti-gun Democrats against one another on the 241st anniversary of the incident in Massachusetts that sparked the flame that lit the fuse that exploded into the Revolutionary War and ended with the creation of a nation that at least some of today’s politicians seem bent on wrecking.
The 80 militiamen gathered on Lexington commons under the command of Capt. John Parker might be sorely tested by those pandering for primary votes today. The hundreds of angry colonials who grabbed their muskets, rifles, powder and ball and beat feet to Concord might be hard pressed to tell much difference between the politicians of today and those they resisted more than two centuries ago.
What would people like Sam Adams, Paul Revere, John Hancock and their little band of co-conspirators think about special $25 “gun taxes” in Chicago and Seattle, and the $1,000 tax on guns in the Northern Marianas? That latter tax was dreamed up hastily, and defended by Gov. Ralph DLG Torres, after a federal judge ruled last month in a case brought by the Second Amendment Foundation that the Commonwealth’s handgun ban was unconstitutional.
Do you think Dr. Joseph Warren, who was killed on Breed’s Hill on June 17, 1775, would have been proud of what has become of the country he never lived to see created? According to a short history of the good doctor, he said of the British Regulars, “These fellows say we won’t fight. By Heaven, I hope I shall die up to my knees in blood.”
Better that, one might presume, than to die up to one’s neck in debt thanks to a government in the hands of people up to their rumps in special interest money. On whose side, one might ask, would Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders have been at Lexington and Concord? Clinton, especially, should be reminded that the reason today is celebrated in Concord and Lexington was because the existing government at the time was trying to seize the arms of the militia.
“These fellows say we won’t fight. By Heaven, I hope I shall die up to my knees in blood.”—Dr. Joseph Warren
Do you think John Brown, Samuel Hadley, Caleb Harrington, Jonathon Harrington, Robert Munroe, Isaac Muzzey, Asahel Porter, and Jonas Parker might be okay with what they would see today? According to history, those are the eight men who were killed at Lexington when the shooting and bayonetting started. It has been written that neither Capt. Parker or British Major John Pitcairn wanted bloodshed, but somebody fired and the rest, as they say, is history.
Taxation without representation, hell; this whole thing started because the government at the time decided to practice an early form of gun control. The government didn’t like the idea that the “subjects” had amassed quite a store of ammunition. Gen. Thomas Gage, the military governor of the Massachusetts colony, understood that people with the ability and means to “just say No” will eventually get around to saying it with vigor. He was just foolish enough to try doing something about it.
As Empire State voters cast their ballots today, how many of them even know the significance of today’s date? Are they talking about this day in history anywhere in an American classroom this morning?
Today’s primary in New York is one great big step toward the summer party conventions and nominations. It gives the people some semblance of having a voice in electing their government. None of this would have been possible were it not for the events in Lexington and Concord 241 years ago today.
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