Don’t Know Much About History

The first example of the use of guns to secure a community’s rights that comes to my mind is the Battle of Athens. This is from the Wikipedia article about that event.

The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) was a rebellion led by citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the local government in August 1946. The citizens, including some World War II veterans, accused the local officials of predatory policing, police brutality, political corruption and voter intimidation.

On a less grand scale, I’ve been told by a fellow engineer (a graduate of Tuskegee Institute) about how his father used a shotgun to protect the rights of his family.

I’m sure the Gentle Readers who know a bit of History can cite other examples.

6 thoughts on “Don’t Know Much About History


  1. Can’t call it up right now, but a black doctor who moved to (I think) the wealthy Detroit suburb of Grosse Pointe in the 1920’s or 30’s protected himself, his family, and his house with a shotgun when a mob came to ‘visit’. Both the Free Press and the Detroit News refer to the story from time to time.


  2. I’m thinking the Minutemen of Concord and Lexington from 1775 (16 months BEFORE the Declaration of Independence) would disagree with you on the first usage comment while agreeing with the citizens of that town.


  3. “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” those unalienable rights from the Declaration of Independence seem to have been forgotten by Nungesser. Any use of a firearm for self defense is defending a right of the people.

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