This is a discussion on 2A - Battle of Athens - 1946. Why 'they' want to unarm Legal Citizens and the 2A within the The Second Amendment & Gun Legislation Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; My Comments: The link/article posted below is about how the current Media would not make such a movie, but the content is about how we ...
My Comments: The link/article posted below is about how the current Media would not make such a movie, but the content is about how we need to understand that when the 2A is gone, there will be no recourse/final check against oppressive govt for us normal serfs in the USA. This is Historical Fact! Tell a Progressivly Leftist (the Radical Left - not my normal Democratic Party associates) about this one over your next coffee break.
.....from the article......This well made TV movie (by CBS in 1992), starring Brad Johnson and directed by John Gray, depicted the last time in modern American history when a large group of decent, ordinary citizens were involved in an armed confrontation with criminally corrupt representatives of their own government (in Post WWII USA, 1946).
The so-called Battle of Athens, Tennessee in 1946 involved the politically entrenched and brutally corrupt county officials of McMinn County verses local citizens who had finally had enough. Athens was a place where southern kingpin and State Sen. Paul Cantrell, his Sheriff Pat Mansfield and their loyal bully-boy minions made thousands of dollars harassing, imprisoning and fining who ever challenged the status quo – including large numbers of recently returned local World War II combat veterans.
....The point of the 2A......(shall not be infringed.... and in this case, for a bunch of southern whites, in 1946 to defend a black farmer, and the rights to true representative government through honest voting....).
.....When elderly black farmer Tom Gillespie stepped inside the polling place at the Athens Water Works to exercise his Constitutional right to vote, one deputy viciously struck him with a set of brass knuckles shouting, “******, you can’t vote here.”
When Gillespie tried to leave the same deputy shot him in the back as the old farmer struggled to get outside. In this case the brutal transgressors were Southern Democrats in a county that only a dozen odd years before had been predominately Republican, the party which had fought to end slavery.
That brutal act ignited the veterans (almost all White, over a Black Man) to surround the polling place, but no one was quite sure what to do. As some civilians rushed home to fetch their personal firearms, Pacific theater veteran Bill White, still only in his early 20s, shamed a bunch of other veteran friends into taking action.
“You call yourself G.I.s? You go over there and fight for three or four years, you come back and you let a bunch of draft dodgers who stayed here where it was safe, and you were making it safe for them, push you around? You people need to stop them, this is the time and the place. You don’t do this, you wouldn’t make a pimple on fighting G.I.’s ass. Now lets get some guns.”
.....The events soon took on national attention, with of course the New York Times (even back then) critical of the veterans, while FDR’s widow Eleanor Roosevelt tacitly sided with the former G.I.’s, calling their actions a “cautionary warning” for oppressive government that did not represent the people’s interest.
Read the rest: Flashback: CBS Movie 'An American Story' Highlighted Need for Second Amendment
Yep some seem to forget even on our side that this nation was born of war against tyrunts. That quite frequently the citizens pushed to far have pushed back in our rather short history as a nation. And that history does tend to repeat itself for those that never seem to learn anything from it.
You dont have to believe a train is coming. Itll run over you anyway.