Friday, April 19, 2013

April 18, 1775: Another Attempt At Gun Control

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This week's defeat of those trying to impose gun control sent the president into a tantrum. Joe Biden was said to be "sad" and Michael Bloomberg was apologetic.

Guns have long been associated with the very heritage of this country. Those who seek to "remake" this nation are understandably frustrated. They have a different vision for America---much like the British did in 1775.

Here's what happened last night in 1775.

British Gen. Thomas Gage ordered two companies of the British Army to seize the cache of rifles, artillery and ammunitions stored by the Massachusetts Militia in Concord.

This decision prompted the "midnight ride of Paul Revere."

He rode through the community warning his fellow patriots that the British are coming and it was time for action.

The patriots chased the British back to Boston and surrounded them at Bunker Hill.

The Revolutionary War had begun and the issue that ignited this battle on this day was gun control.

In January 1861, with our nation divided and prepared for war, The Atlantic Monthly published a poem written by my personal favorite poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The poem reminded Americans of their common heritage and that there have always been men from the North willing to take up arms for the cause of freedom.

They were still teaching this poem in the public classroom when I was a kid.

Perhaps you will remember it as well:

Listen, my children, and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five:
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, — "If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry-arch
Of the North-Church-tower, as a signal-light, —
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country-folk to be up and to arm.

There is more to the poem. I have linked the entire poem as it appeared in the Atlantic Journal, January 1, 1861.

Perhaps a light in a church belfry or a single voice in the night can again be used to call this nation to action.

This time the enemy is different. It is an enemy within, not from across an ocean, but within the gates of the greatest nation in the history of the world.

The battle is more than about controlling or even confiscating guns. It is about controlling the minds of the citizens and remaking a nation---a nation destined by God to become a light in a very dark world.

The battle of our time is about secularizing a nation founded not on ancient borders or bloodlines, but on eternal biblical principles and promises.

It is time to awaken. It is time to act. The enemy is upon us.

Be Vigilant. Be Discerning. Be Prayerful. Be Active. Be Blessed.