On this day, 243 years ago, the Battles of Lexington and Concord were fought. “The Shot Heard Round The World,” made legend by Ralph Waldo Emerson, was fired on that fateful day, and the American Revolution was underway.

What was that day about? Why was that shot fired?

In plainest terms, the Government attempted to disarm the citizenry. Not an enemy government, not a foreign invader. Their government, the government of the colonies. The citizens, who had loosely organized themselves into a militia, resisted the further deprivation of their rights at the hand of a government that didn’t respect them.

This stark reality is why we have a Second Amendment that protects our individual right to keep and bear arms. It’s not about hunting, it’s not even about self defense. It’s about ensuring that the citizens of the land are able to resist unjust and tyrannical actions against them. Who the wannabe tyrant is doesn’t matter. No exception or carve-out is made for “our” government over that of a foreign nation, nor is any assessment that resistance is impossible or futile permitted.

This nation began when its government attempted to disarm its citizens, two and a half centuries ago. Keep that in mind next time someone tells you you don’t need guns or a Second Amendment.

Peter Venetoklis

About Peter Venetoklis

I am twice-retired, a former rocket engineer and a former small business owner. At the very least, it makes for interesting party conversation. I'm also a life-long libertarian, I engage in an expanse of entertainments, and I squabble for sport.

Nowadays, I spend a good bit of my time arguing politics and editing this website.

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