On April 19, 1775, British Regulars (redcoats ) disembarked from ships in Boston Harbor and marched on Lexington and Concord. Their mission was to confiscate arms, ball, powder and cannon. Brave men like Paul Revere sounded the alarm across the countryside. The militia, minutemen, farmers and citizens from miles around came to fight the redcoats. The colonists got whipped in Lexington but turned the tables at Concord and repulsed the British, driving them back to Boston.
Sixteen years later on Dec. 15, 1791, the Bill of Rights was ratified by the states and became law. The founders in their wisdom had supplied additional guarantees for our liberty. The right of the people to keep and bear arms was one such liberty, and according to the founders that right shall not be infringed.
We can’t allow what happened at Lexington and Concord to become footnotes in history. The founders risked everything and provided a security of rights and freedoms that we must never relinquish, no matter how much current events may tug at our heartstrings.