Sounds like something you might hear from Diane Feinstein or Mayor Bloomberg if they were caught with a hot microphone, but it’s not. It was the sentiment felt by legislators almost 400 years ago. History really does repeat.
We’ve all felt the ever tightening grip of our powers-that-be slowly restraining our freedom to bear arms. Many of us have had conversations as to what is the dream of the ant-gun folks? Is it really all guns being illegal? Would they really confiscate weapons from citizens? Many pro-gun folks think that could never happen here. Some scoff, no way in you-know-what would our government take our guns. It’s just a political argument to garner power, not a real possibility…really?
What if I told you it’s already happened here? What if I told you it could easily happen again? This is not a new idea. The reason our founders put the Second Amendment in the Constitution was they had historical precedence that governments most certainly do want to disarm their citizenry … that’s when they become subjects. Here’s a little Early-American history for you … these following events were part of what became known as the Anne Hutchinson Scandals…
On November 20, the year of our Lord, 1637, The Assembly of the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony issued several new decrees. One decree stated that, verbal or written defamation of any Magistrate or Court or any of their acts or proceedings could be punishable with fine, imprisonment, banishment or hanging. Secondly, the Court issued a list of seventy-five citizens. These people were accused of having been seduced by Anne Hutchinson and her opinions and revelations. Therefore, they were hereby notified to report to and surrender to the appropriate authorities, all pistols, guns, swords, powder and matches, and any other weapon of warfare not listed, immediately. Furthermore, those listed are instructed to refrain from purchasing and or borrowing any weapons to replace those surrendered.
Did you catch that? Just talking bad about the court or any leader might get you fined, jailed, banished, or even hanged! Then the benevolent Governor listed actual people from the citizenry to be singled out and disarmed. My ancestor, Philip Sherman was one of these citizens … he chose defiance. They did not surrender their weapons, but they were forced to flee and settled Rhode Island.
That sounds great. Good for him! Ra! Ra! The reality of it wasn’t fun for them. He had a very pregnant wife and two babies under two years old when they left their thriving business, their nice home, and many of their friends behind and were forced to live in holes they dug out of the ground for an entire winter. Oh, yeah, and a hurricane hit the Rhode Island shores at this time. No matter what century you live in, that is not a happy wife. It would’ve been much easier to just go along, turn in their guns, and live safely in Boston.
Will we be put in a situation that dire? I think, eventually, yes.
I guarantee present day gun owners are already on several lists. It’s just a matter of when will we be asked to “report and surrender” our weapons and recant our opinions? Will some new person become the pinnacle of scorn that will require drastic actions like Anne Hutchinson was back then? Maybe? She was just a trigger. We could have one.
It could be anyone who agitates or aggravates the men/women in power just a little too much. One man seems to be equally bothering to both sides of the aisle. Ted Cruz. Could it become known as the Cruz Scandals? I don’t know, but it was noted by a friend of mine that he wore a Gonzalez-Come and Take It lapel pin on his recent trip to Iowa.
I’m not saying that Ted Cruz will be our Anne Hutchinson, I’m just pointing out that it’s not all that “wacko-bird” to imagine a world where those of us on the outs with those in power are asked to submit. I think it is time for many Americans to realize the political winds have shifted in our lifetime. It’s not much further to go and we could be re-enacting 1637. Only one problem: unless Texas secedes, we have no Rhode Island to flee to.
So what do we do? Peacefully and arguably fight till our last breath. Vote for pro-gun candidates. Speak out against your local liberal trashing guns after every massacre. Stay engaged with your favorite gun group. Give them money or time. Most importantly, take your kid shooting or hunting, with real guns, not video games. They need to smell the gun powder and feel the recoil on the shoulder. This fight has been going on for 400 years, it will rage after we are gone. Train up another generation of freedom-loving patriots. Take someone shooting today! Stay active, engaged, and vigilant.
Otherwise, shut up and turn ‘em in.
S.C. Sherman’s newest book titled MERCY SHOT is set to release November 30th. This book will make a great 2A gift for Christmas. A story of what happens after the trigger is pulled. Hang on…it’s a wild ride. Check it out at www.facebook.com/mercyshot Pre-ordered copies are all signed personally by S.C. Sherman. To order go to www.scsherman.com
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