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Join Cantigny and The North West Territory Alliance in a Revolutionary War Reenactment and Encampment. Get a feel for camp life, experience a battle and enjoy the sights and sounds of the 18th century.  (Photo by: David Trimeloni, caption courtesy

“Today’s war on Second Amendment rights . . . continues an American cultural war that has been going on for half a century. The roots of the gun-control movement can be traced back even further, to Reconstruction and attempts to disarm the freedmen, and before that to the British gun-confiscation program that sparked the American Revolution.” – David Kopel in The Truth About Gun Control [reviewed at]

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  1. Whenever American history or gun rights comes up in a conversation that I am involved in, I always ask the same question: What event started the revolutionary war? Invariably, folks say “taxation without representation” or mention the Boston tea party. I have never had anyone answer this question correctly in all the years that I have been asking it. American colonists put up with taxes and religious restrictions for decades without action but, went into open revolt within months of the Crown banning blackpowder.

    You almost have to admire how well our government has erased the fact that America exists because of colonists fighting back, violently, against gun control….

    • Well said, sir.

      Revisionist history continues apace. How many outside of these pages know that gun control was also used against black slaves as a control measure, that Harriet Tubman carried a gun for self defense, or that MLK was denied a concealed carry permit?

    • I went to grade school in Калифорния in the late sixties and early seventies, and the attempt to disarm the colonists was prominently mentioned on a number of occasions – in especial detail in 8th grade American history.

      ‘Course, that was then…

    • They’ve very good at making Americans too stupid to figure out what’s being done to them IN THEIR OWN NAME.

      This isn’t going to get any easier, believe me.

  2. A martial nobility and stubborn commons, possesed of arms, tenacious of property, and collected into constitutional assemblies, form the only balance capable of preserving a free constitution against enterprises of an aspiring prince. — Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  3. Remember you are less trustworthy with an assault weapon than Syrian Rebels or Mexican drug Lords.

    Keep that in mind anytime you hear our dear leader speak from now on.

  4. also, the Pope banned crossbows in 1139, not to make the people safer, but the knights- they were the “armor piercing weapons” of it’s time, and could defeat plate armor at greater ranges than a typical bow could due to it’s power and accuracy. not exactly “gun” control, but still a control of weapons that threatened the ruling class.

    • They banned them because they took very little training to use effectively. Longbows penetrated armor just as well, but took a degree of skill to be consistent.

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