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Response to tortoise1956 (Reply #23)

Sat Apr 28, 2018, 10:17 AM

34. 2nd amendment mythology excerpt

tortoise: I would like to add that the mere fact that the United States exist is due to the colonists rising up when the Crown tried to disarm them in an attempt to quell unrest caused by excess taxation and the refusal to recognize the rights they were entitled to as English subjects.

Presumably you are referring to the concord massachusetts armory where the british went to 'confiscate' british cannon which was feared would fall into rebel hands unfriendly to the crown. This was british cannon & the british had the right to them, the only confiscation was done by americans who felt the cannon suddenly was theirs. Yes the brits also took or destroyed muskets & gunpowder, most likely supplied by the british.
During the french & indian wars 1756-63 the british & colonists fought side by side the french & certain 'western' tribes. The british sent 20,000 muskets to america from britain to supply the colonists & the war effort. These muskets constituted a large part of american arms circa 1775. American gunmakers were relatively few & produced only dozens per year, they spent a good deal of time repairing. It wasn't until the french sent 125,000 musquettes to washington a year or so later that americans had a goodly supply. Indeed washington fought the first skirmish of the french indian war.
The british side of this tale you spin, is that the colonists grew ungrateful of british help during the french/indian wars, & confiscated british firearms to help in their rebellion. Understandably the british did not want this to happen.

The british did not try to confiscate american firearms en masse, as the nazis did with jewish.

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