Para-Military Extremists Riot in Boston Area

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  1. swiftman

    swiftman Member

    Mar 6, 2006
    East Central Ill
    Para-Military Extremists Riot in Boston Area AP-Boston April 20, 1775 Scores Killed, Hundreds Injured as Para-Military Extremists Riot in Boston Area National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were am...bushed on April 19th by elements of a paramilitary 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 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 "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 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 "ring leaders" of the extremist faction, remain at large.
  2. American Leader

    American Leader Well-Known Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Good read! Thanks swiftman.

  3. permafrost

    permafrost Active Member

    Feb 24, 2010
    Oklahoma, USA
    Its always a matter of perspective, isn't it?
    And, who controls the media.
  4. Warith

    Warith Member

    Oct 20, 2010
    Belton, Mo
    We must never forget people like Benedict was he a traider or was he a staunch patriot?

    Dang good read and take on the revolotionary war though.

  5. Ken W

    Ken W Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Asheville, NC
    Excellent post, Swiftman. I'll be spreading that around a bit myself.
  6. flintlock

    flintlock Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Aug 14, 2007
    Upstate NY
    Well done swiftman! Appreciate it.
  7. jbmid1

    jbmid1 Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2011
    Tucson, AZ
    The only thing different now is the absence of foreign occupation.....or is it?
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