Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston

National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed 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 widespread 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 radical 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.

And this, people, is how the American Revolution began on April 20, 1775.

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I saw this posted on FaceBook by one of the people I follow on Twitter and I just copied and pasted here. The thing that struck me about this article, is that the Governor at the time, Thomas Gage, “declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement“, which rings true about the accusations the Tea Party gets in the mainstream media.

Also, I wonder if history will repeat itself in the near future, not in a full scale revolution, but with the confiscation of arms by government agencies.

(h/t to @JWNobles1)

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35 Responses to Seventy-two killed resisting gun confiscation in Boston

  1. crachesky says:

    Is this real or a predictable fictional blog. If it is fictional, i suggest that you clearly state this as a scenario and prevent scaring people into believing that it is reality. Although. I believe this will happen, i need to stop people from spreading falsehoods versus the truth.

    • Don says:

      If you know history you will recognize names. If you do not just read it all before you panic. This is modern version of the beginning of the revolutionary war but facts presented are accurate and bring to mind our situation today.

    • canepole says:

      First off, who is the Gov of Massachusetts ? I’m sure Deval Patrick will be upset to learn he was replaced by Thomas Gage who’s been dead from 2 1/2 centuries. But, then again the dead have been voting for democrats forever. Secondly, “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”. Did you fail history and reading comprehension? And last but not least, “And this, people, is how the American Revolution began on April 20, 1775”, should have been a MAJOR tip off.

    • Dudge OH Politics says:

      The actual cut-and-paste story ended with the line, “And this, people, is how the American Revolution began on April 20, 1775.”, but once I saw the extraordinary amount of hits this entry got, I did update it with the paragraphs at the end. I don’t like to think I should have had to insult people’s intelligence and put a big “THIS IS A HISTORICAL ACCOUNT” warning at the beginning, but maybe I should have.

    • truestorey says:

      Dude, it is obvious that this was posted as a reminder of the past. If you read this entire thing and thought it was a current event then you are officially a dumbass. The part that is in italics is a quote from a newspaper of the time of the revolution. DUMBASS

    • If this was real, why was there NOTHING on the news, in the papers, etc. If this was real, at least one station would have “broke-in” on regular broadcasting to report this! People, we do NOT need this sort of bullshit—-rumor/panic tales! Let’s nip it in the bud right now!

      • Do you not know the history of your Country???? Did you read the whole story??? For heavens sake read the whole thing next time so you don’t sound like such a DUMBASS.

      • James taylor says:

        Everyone asking is this real reminds me of the “I read an article online, well some of an article anyways” meme that was going around Facebook. If you think this is real you should really read it again and then since you obviously failed American History you should probably read that text book again especially the American Revolution chapters

      • Jesse says:

        What we don’t need is morons like you who have no comprehension skills whatsoever. It is people like you who are reactionary to what you feel after 3 seconds of exposure to something that is destroying this country. You reveal everything you are in your ignorance. Get a clue!

      • travisbishop says:

        Are you really that damned stupid? This is a re-write into modern terminology of the events that started the American Revolutionary War…1776

    • Mike graves says:

      Read much?
      Read it again, this time read it all. It also helps if you know a little about American History.

    • Becky says:

      Are you a new citizen of the U.S. or did you fail History in school? Man, I can’t believe anyone doesn’t know WHO PAUL REVERE is and WHEN he was ALIVE!!!!

    • travisbishop says:

      It is factual…as it depicts the events that took place in Boston on the first day of the American Revolutionary War. Just rewrote to mirror contemporary dialogues

    • travisbishop says:

      This DID happen…

  2. Tokyo Tengu says:

    I caught on right away but that might be because there was a kid named Tom Gage in my 7th grade history class when we were studying the American Revolution. Still, I consider this an excellent piece of writing and a timely reminder. History does seem to have a habit of repeating itself.

  3. It was easy to recognize that this was a historical account. I do not need to be fed pablum, now that I am an adult. everyone needs to lighten up. Thinking is good for people. How does this relate to current circumstances? You have your own answer inside your own head.

  4. Robert says:

    Orson wells, there here: my grandparents told me the radio was the internet of their day and they were glued to this broadcast as real time current events ! they loaded their guns turned the lites out and listened and watched the sky outside with FEAR !

  5. truestorey says:

    I know you didn’t write most of this but great job, you almost had me thinking this was a breaking story. Great job!

  6. qmcusn says:

    When I was in the 5th grade, back in some other millennium, I took my first course in history and wondered why I had to learn that stuff; why it mattered. This piece shows why it matters, and why most of the greatest leaders of all time have been serious students/writers of history.

    • Becky says:

      AMEN! No wonder there are so many blind radicals! THEY DON’T LISTEN or READ in entirety! They just JUMP at the first sound of (who knows what sets them off!)
      You can certainly tell WHO are the INTELLIGENT and the REASONABLE people here! And we thought that the current school kids were not getting their schooling! WOW so unreal that so many are clueless to a history lesson!

  7. I enjoyed the piece. I love History and still study it to this day. A truer statement was never stated than ” Those that do not learn from History are doomed to repeat it”.

  8. marc says:

    I take great offense to anyone attempting, even satirically, to compare the British Regular Army forces to the National Guard. The British Army was not a state sponsored militia. They were a seasoned, well trained and well financed REGULAR army force. They were not sent to Massachusetts by orders of Gage, but by orders of the King. Much like how our real American National Guard is sent to foreign lands by order of the President of the United States. I have served in the National Guard, been deployed on several occasions wounded twice, and do not find this similarity at all amusing.

    • Veronica Brunjes says:

      bet you don’t find it amusing as if you follow the orders to attack your own countrymen you will be face to face with friends and neighbors with orders to kill. Think it over, that is what the article is about.

    • travisbishop says:

      Are you referring to the same National Guard that occupied New Orleans in Post-Katrina? The ones who went door to door confiscating weapons from CITIZENS of these United States? Take offense, Troop….but get your facts straight. I too swore the same oath you swore, to uphold and defend against ALL enemies…but, you simply cannot argue with documented facts. The National Guard is a puppet tool of the centralized powers.

  9. Step one the lobster backs were not national guard unit They were the Kings 5th Regiment of Foot under Gage, under Secretary of State Legge acting on The King’s auspices, not a territorial Governor. Well written after action report but very false in many facts. Lexington did not have any rebells until after the murders of the militia. They were under threat by the Iroquois to the west and Penobscot Indians to the north. Good luck in proving me wrong.

  10. The government run schools no longer teach American history other than in bullet point fashion. (Can I post the verbiage “bullet point”? Have I now raised my own level of threat?) This would also require critical thinking and discussion which is pretty much forbidden by Common Core standards. So the fact that a number of people A.) Did not read to end or B.) know the names at the end, is significant as to how the entire administration and congress are shredding the Constitution, suffocating freedom in the name of security, and unmaking the shared ideals of 200+ years of history of this formerly great nation. Ask the Taliban and the President of Afghanistan how they are doing today.

  11. Duane says:

    Good stuff…too bad that half the population can’t read or understand what it’s about…

  12. ncgritsgirl says:

    I can understand people not knowing their history. Our schools nowadays teach what liberals want them to think as opposed to true history. A shame that so many thought this was a current event. I have no doubt history will repeat itself…

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  14. Jerry says:

    I recently retired after many years of teaching mainly French but also history when called upon. In 2011, I was given U.S. History and World History, the first time I had history classes since 2001, exactly ten years earlier. I was stunned to see the changes in the curriculum! Whereas U.S. History I always began with Columbus and went thru the Civil War and History II started at Reconstruction and went to modern times, now History I begins after the Civil War, thus cutting out the colonists’ efforts to find religious freedom, the Revolution and the Founding Fathers, etc. U.S. History II now starts at World War II ! In other words, we were given an entire year to teach 70 or so years of history, which left a lot of time to focus on whatever agenda those that developed this curriculum had in mind… And this is in a public magnet school which consistently ranks as #1 or #2 in our state and #41 in the whole U.S. !

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