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"Assault weapon" confiscation turns violent in Boston

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Balog, Apr 19, 2004.

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  1. Balog

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    Scores Killed, Hundreds Injured As Para-Military Extremists Riot

    BOSTON, April 19 - National Guard units seeking to confiscate a cache of recently banned assault weapons were ambushed on April 19th by elements of a para-military extremist faction. Military and law enforcement sources estimated that 72 were killed and more than 20 injured before government forces were compelled to withdraw.

    Speaking after the clash, Massachusetts Governor Thomas Gage declared that the extremist faction, which was made up of local citizens, has links to the radical right-wing tax protest movement. Gage blamed the extremists for recent incidents of vandalism directed against internal revenue offices.

    The governor, who described the group's organizers as "criminals," issued an executive order authorizing the summary arrest of any individual who has interfered with the government's efforts to secure law and order.

    The military raid on the extremist arsenal followed wide-spread refusal by the local citizenry to turn over recently outlawed assault weapons. Gage issued a ban on military-style assault weapons and ammunition earlier in the week. This decision followed a meeting in early April between government and military leaders at which the governor authorized the forcible confiscation of illegal arms. One government official, speaking on condition of anonymity, pointed out that "none of these people would have been killed had the extremists obeyed the law and turned their weapons over voluntarily."

    "Government troops initially succeeded in confiscating a large supply of outlawed weapons and ammunition. However, troops attempting to seize arms and ammunition in Lexington met with resistance from heavily-armed extremists who had been tipped off regarding the government's plans.

    During a tense standoff in Lexington's town park, National Guard Colonel Francis Smith, commander of the government operation, ordered the armed group to surrender and return to their homes. The impasse was broken by a single shot, which was reportedly fired by one of the right-wing extremists. Eight civilians were killed in the ensuing exchange.

    Ironically, the local citizenry blamed government forces rather than the extremists for the civilian deaths. Before order could be restored, armed citizens from surrounding areas had descended upon the guard units. Colonel Smith, finding his forces overmatched by the armed mob, ordered a retreat.

    Governor Gage has called upon citizens to support the state/national joint task force in its effort to restore law and order. The governor has also demanded the surrender of those responsible for planning and leading the attack against the government troops. Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock, who have been identified as "ringleaders" of the extremist faction, remain at large.

    The price of freedom is eternal vigilance."
    -- Thomas Jefferson

    Happy Patriot's Day.
     
  2. idd

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    Yep, that's how AP would report it.
     
  3. Standing Wolf

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    Not too hard to guess which side that Kerry creature would have been on.
     
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    [Mr. Magoo voice/on]

    Balog, you've done it again.

    [Mr. Magoo voice/off]

    :D
     
  5. Tom Bri

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    This...is...FUNNY! Thanks.

    You should have submitted it to your local paper, sometimes they actually will print something like this.
     
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    I'm willing to bet they'd have no idea what you were talking about... :-(
     
  7. PATH

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    Outstanding! I will be passing this story along!
     
  8. Mad Man

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    Well, it was a few days after April 15.
     
  9. GEM

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    Did you write this as I would like to use it and have the correct citation? It's great.
     
  10. gunsmith

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    Good one

    I think I've seen it before though
     
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  12. 7.62FullMetalJacket

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    These parallels with history are frightening. Is it time for another tea party?
    And I believe that 95% of the Americans would not have any idea what this was about. They would probably assume that it was true and really happened.......in 2004. Sad, but true.:(
     
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    Out-Bloody-Standing.
     
  15. ksnecktieman

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    Am I the only one that was smiling and calculating mileage to Boston when I realized that this report was delayed a few years?

    :scrutiny:
     
  16. 7.62FullMetalJacket

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    No, you were not. I was already calculating time/resources, and what guns I was taking.

    Then I realized Mitt Romney was the Guv and someone was pullin' my leg.

    Then I realized that I would need a time machine.
     
  17. ksnecktieman

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    Will your time machine seat two? I will bring an sks, a pair of beretta 92s, and a hundred pounds of ammunition, and we can REWRITE the second ammendment. You think maybe like this?

    A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, and personal defense being required to do our duty as militia. It is required that every man and woman be armed, at all times, with the most efficient and modern weapons available. In the case of financial hardship, the government will provide a suitable weapon on every person's 16th birthday.
     
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    Sadly, this is what would happen in our current newspapers...

    Can't wait for the NRARadio orginazation to make a newspaper, they had better!
     
  19. madmike

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    It was made a right rather than a duty because Quakers believed in non-violence and their religion was respected. Compare to Switzerland where there is no conscientious objector clause. You're Swiss, you serve, you take a weapon. Period.

    We made it a right and it got forgotten.

    And I wouldn't phrase it like that. More words = more loopholes.

    The right as written in the Freehold constitution (Shameless plug for my books) is "Residents retain inviolably and forever the following rights:

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    The right to own and possess weapons of any and every kind.

    ..."

    Find a "militia" phrase in THAT, Sarah.
     
  20. sturmruger

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    Good story
     
  21. TXBera

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    How about we just lop off that first sentence to leave:

    The right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
     
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