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Old 04-19-2013, 09:49 AM
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238 years ago today

238 years ago today, on April 19, 1775, the War for American Independence started when the British issued a gun ban, and then sent troops to confiscate privately-owned guns held by the Americans in the towns of Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts. The Americans lined up with their guns and refused to either lay down their arms or disperse.

Their captain told them, "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon. But if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." (A marble monument with those words can be found on Lexington Green today.) The British tried to break them up, and the Shot Heard Round the World was fired.

With the way things have been going in this country recently, some folks have started referring to that as "The First War for American Independence".

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Other April 19 events:

1764 - The English Parliament banned the American colonies from printing paper money.

1933 - U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued a proclamation that removed the U.S. from the gold standard.

1993 - The Branch-Davidianís compound in Waco, TX, burned to the ground by Federal agents, who suspected that child abuse had been taking place inside. 86 people were killed, including 17 children.

1995 - The Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was blown up by American terrorists Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Their excuse for murdering 168 people (including 19 children) was that they were upset over the Federal government's actions at Waco, TX in 1993, and other Federal killings.
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now tell me who called for a ban on all guns?

you live in a fantasy land
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:05 AM
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Many people don't realize that, though many issues drove the Revolutionary War, the first shots were fired over Gun Control by an overbearing government.

Those who forget (or ignore) history are doomed to repeat it.
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dear idiot

they wanted representation
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They were fully willing to pay taxes.

they wanted to be represented in the government.


They were seeking some democracy.


they were being given none.

They were merely treated as a huge supply coffer by the british government.
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Had the taxes not been excessive and still without representation, would there have been a war? Probably not.
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Had the taxes not been excessive and still without representation, would there have been a war? Probably not.
what was the tax rate stupid?

You dont even know
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Old 04-19-2013, 10:21 AM
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In his testimony to the Parliament in Feb. 1766, Ben Franklin estimated the tax rate in ColonialPennsylvania at 12.5%
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They were fine with paying taxes.

they were not fine with paying taxes and getting NO representation
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see you right wing fools are being whipped into a frenzy of lies
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TO much government and control. Funny how the big government types and control fools want just that. Who are you to tell me how much I can drink or demand of me what I can own for protection?
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TO much government and control. Funny how the big government types and control fools want just that. Who are you to tell me how much I can drink or demand of me what I can own for protection?
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