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    Scores Killed, Hundreds Injured As Para-Military Extremists Riot

    Found this it's old but it is April 20th so thought it may be worthy of the read. Moderators please move this where it needs to be, I was unsure of where to post old news stories

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    BOSTON, April 20 - 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 estimated that 72 were killed and more than 20 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 April 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 their weapons over 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 overmatched 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 has 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.
    A more detailed and accurate account can be found at Wikipedia, The Battles of Lexington and Concord
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    Nice!

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    Cute!

    But the troops were regulars, not National Guard.
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    But the troops were regulars, not National Guard.
    Actually, since they were citizens and not full time army, that would class them as Militia.

    There was no "National Guard" back then.
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    Cool

    Very well done. The play on words (National Guard) simply attracted attention.

    I wonder how many on SCOTUS or those at power in D.C. would consider Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock as criminals or BG's.



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    argh.... had me a sec.

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    If you really think about it we are always only one law away from being a criminal,if they outlaw ammo if i don't turn in my ammo i'm a criminal,same as guns,or knives longer than 4 inches or walking down the street with only one shoe
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Actually, since they were citizens and not full time army, that would class them as Militia.

    There was no "National Guard" back then.
    BOSTON, April 20 - 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.
    Nope, these were British regulars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HotGuns View Post
    Actually, since they were citizens and not full time army, that would class them as Militia.

    There was no "National Guard" back then.
    The National Guard reference was to the Brits, not the Americans: "National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation..."

    I'm not sure why that term was used, since a) it was in reference to the Brits, and b) as you say, there was no "National Guard" at that time.

    Regardless, it was an interesting read from a modern perspective.
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    So it is. Looks like someone posts it every year. Sorry
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    Quote Originally Posted by P7fanatic View Post

    I wonder how many on SCOTUS or those at power in D.C. would consider Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock as criminals or BG's.



    Well there is no doubt that they were traitors. They advocated rebellion and took up arms against the lawful government. The only reason we see them as heroes is that they won. If the rebellion failed we would probably have memorials to Benedict Arnold in our capital city of Cornwallis. Washington would probably be viewed much as Robert E. Lee is, and the rest of them regarded much as say, Jefferson Davis is.
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    You got me bro! I was wondering why this wasn't front page news.
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