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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.


April 20, 1775


A classic worth saving and passing around. Post it to your elected representatives Facebook pages if they have anti-gun screeds posted. For real fun, leave off the date and watch the knee-jerk reactions.
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