Our Forefathers left their home countries, sailed into the unknown and landed on the shores of what would become the United States of America. They came to colonize, to escape oppression, and to have freedom of religion. There was nothing here but wilderness. They had to feed and protect themselves, and to do that they used the smoothbore Flintlock Musket. Considering that the arms in existence back then were Matchlock and Wheelock guns, the Flintlock was a gigantic leap forward in firearms design. They were the state of the art “Assault Rifles” of their day.
The British wanted the colonies to remain just that – Colonies of the Crown. British King George III ruled with a heavy hand and expected the Colonies to pass their treasure back to England. Enriching the King’s treasury required more and more taxes to be levied on the Colonists. Old George needed more and more money to spend. Sound familiar? Of course the elite Nobility back in England saw no reason for the colonies to have their own government – all decrees and decisions were made in England, and they simply informed the Colonies of the way it was going to be. It was an earlier version of a ruler’s belief of “My Way or the Highway” and that didn’t sit well with the Colonists. Sound familiar? Things were getting a little unsettled in the Colonies, and “ No Taxation Without Representation” became the rallying cry.
In 1774, fearing trouble was a foot, the British banned the importation of any more muskets. Probably the only good thing about this was that the import ban forced the Colonists to make their own weapons. Some of today’s gun manufacturers can trace their origins back to this era.
The following year, 1775, the British made a gigantic blunder and it cost them the Colonies–they attempted to confiscate the weapons. Sound familiar yet? See, as far back as 1775 the very first thing the ruling regime tried to do to maintain control was to disarm the population. Even today, this is still the very first step taken by tyrants everywhere. With an unarmed population, the British troops in those pretty red coats would be un-opposed and could enforce any decrees or tax increases they felt like.
Through several more years of tighter control and new taxes, the Colonists worked up a head of steam until they finally said ENOUGH! The Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770 (where five Colonials were killed by British troops), the Stamp Act of 1765, and the Boston Tea Party of 1773 fueled the fires of discontent.
On April 14, 1775, the British General Gage received orders to disarm the rebels, destroy or confiscate the ammunition and to imprison Samuel Adams and John Hancock. Gage had scouts out trying to ascertain the whereabouts of the rebel leaders, but he did not issue written orders because he feared an uprising. Smart move.
A few days later, after Paul Revere’s famous ride to warn the people that the British were coming, a group of angry, determined, and armed rag-tag farmers stood their ground on the Concord Bridge at Lexington, and history was made. In the ensuing fear and chaos, Major John Buttrick of the Colonial Army yelled “Fire, men – for God’s sake fire!” It was April 19, 1775, and the war for Independence officially began.
I believe this would be a good time to point out that when the Colonists finally got fed up, they did not hold meetings or attack their neighbors; they attacked their oppressors, those who were taking away their liberties and trying to disarm them.
President Ronald Regan once said “If you can’t get them to see the light make them feel the heat.” Fast forward to March 20, 2013. Taking that advice to heart, nearly one thousand heavily armed demonstrators including some in wheelchairs descended on the Michigan state capitol in Lansing to ‘draw a line in the sand’. Thus, they made a statement and told the Federal Government in no uncertain terms that they would oppose any attempts to register or ban any type of currently legal firearm or accessory. I imagine these protestors have already taken note of which of their elected officials are trying to take away their Constitutionally-protected rights and to disarm them. So, I’m just guessing, that when they finally say ENOUGH!, they will go after the elected elites who are trying to make them into subdued subjects instead of free citizens.
Two little words — with just two words, two concepts were verbalized that have lived for nearly two and a half Millennia. They signify and characterize the heart and spirit of the Warrior, and the indomitable spirit of those who fight an oppressor. From the ancient Greek, they are the reply of Sparta’s General-King Leonidas to Xerxes, the Persian Emperor who came with 600,000 of the fiercest fighting troops in the world to conquer and invade little Greece, then the center and birthplace of civilization as we know it. “Lay down your weapons” was the demand, and “Molon Labe” was the reply. Short, Sweet, and to the point!
Molon Labe! Throughout the ages, these two words meaning, “Come and get them!” have universally exemplified the classic courage and valor of man’s warrior spirit and fight to be free. They live on today as the most notable quote in military history. The fire in the heart and soul of brave men facing overwhelming odds found purchase, once more, this time in our American Colonial Revolutionaries. The fire, like the words live on forever.
The ruling elite, our duly-elected leaders, have forgotten that they are supposed to be the representatives of the people, and that they took an oath to “uphold and defend the Constitution”. They will now be hearing these words as a battle cry because it makes such a simple statement towards those who would disarm the population in order to subdue us.
Will those two words become the “shot heard ‘round the world” for the second American Revolution?