This is a discussion on A Good Lesson in History that's RARELY Taught (School starts again soon) within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; The Battle of Athens Read the whole article at the link and then take away these lessons: ~snip~ IX. The Lessons of Athens Those who ...
The Battle of Athens
Read the whole article at the link and then take away these lessons:
IX. The Lessons of Athens
Those who took up arms in Athens, Tennessee:
Wanted honest elections, a cornerstone of our Constitutional order;
Had repeatedly tried to get Federal or State election monitors;
Used armed force so as to minimize harm to the law-breakers;
Showed little malice to the defeated law-breakers;
Restored lawful government.
The Battle of Athens clearly shows:
How Americans can and should lawfully use armed force;
Why the Rule of Law requires unrestricted access to firearms;
How civilians with military-type firearms can beat the forces of "law and order".
Dictators believe that public order is more important than the Rule of Law. However, Americans reject this idea. Criminals can exploit for selfish ends, the use armed force to restore the Rule of Law. But brutal political repression - as practiced by Cantrell and Mansfield - is lethal to many. An individual criminal can harm a handful of people. Governments alone can brutalize thousands, or millions.
Since 1915, officials of seven governments "gone bad" have committed genocide, murdering at least 56 million persons, including millions of children. "Gun control" clears the way for genocide by giving governments "gone bad" far greater freedom to commit mass murder.
Law-abiding McMinn Countians won the Battle of Athens because they were not hamstrung by "gun control". McMinn Countians showed us when citizens can and should use armed force to support the Rule of Law. We are all in their debt.
Former Army Infantry Captain; 25 yrs as an NRA Certified Instructor; NRA Endowment Life; Avid practitioner of the martial art: KLIK-PAO.
Which is why step one in supplanting a dictatorship is to take guns from the citizens. It's hard to get people to join the evil regime when people shoot back.
Nice article. We should never forget the lessons of the past for we are doomed to repeat them if we do.