I was looking at my Google calendar last week, planning out the rest of my month. I have the "US Holidays" option set so I know when to plan gun classes or schedule time at the precious metals shop.
I noticed that this week, there were two entries: On Monday, it showed "Tax Day" and on Friday, it noted, "Earth Day". Can I see a show of hands for anyone who knows what was missing for today?
Like Tax Day and Earth Day, it's not a federal holiday, but April 19 should be. Today, in 1775, the first shots were fired - The Shot Heard 'Round The World - at the battles in Lexington and Concord.
The American Revolution was on.
Ironically - or perhaps not - the first shots were fired over gun control. The Brits were going to Concord to seize or destroy the armaments held by the local militias. The Good Guys got word of this, drew a line in the sand, and the rest is history.
The local colonists had tried discussion, pleas and protests. None worked. Defense of their property and their right to self-determination took precedence.
IMO, this date is much more important than the Declaration of Independence because it represents actions, not words.
I wonder if we're reaching a similar breaking point in current times....
Take a look at the Wikipedia entry regarding 'The Shot'. It gives a brief nod to this - even acknowledging it is the original meaning - yet it gives no detailed explanation. It jumps to the shots taken at Archduke Ferdinand which precipitated the start of World War I.
Sure, let's dumb-down American history. Wouldn't want those gun-toting, God-fearing, loose-cannon, racist, poor-people-hating Tea Party folks to get any ideas, right?
Want to kill two birds with one stone (so to speak)? Take your kids to an Appleseed shoot. They'll get excellent Rifleman instruction coupled with a healthy dose of American Revolutionary War history. Well, accurate Revolutionary War history.
I took the course last year (articles on my preparations here and here, results here), and cannot speak highly enough of the program. In every one of my NRA handgun classes, I wrap up the, "Other Training Opportunities" portion with a plug of Appleseed - even though it's not an NRA program.
Accept The Challenge
Fight the pablum taught in public schools regarding American History. Teach your kids, your friends, family and anyone that will listen, what happened and WHY it happened.
It's clearly not in the best interest of a sitting government to teach the benefits derived by an armed insurrection. So they don't teach it, or just pass over it as an afterthought.
Does anyone see the correlation between the folks now paying for your kid's education (uhm, redistributing YOUR tax dollars) with the slant given in classrooms?
Yeah, me too.
The Commie's had it right - control what is taught to the population, and you can control the minds of the population. It's why "Free education to all children in public schools" made the 10 Planks of the Communist Manifesto.
Let that sink in a bit...
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