Mostly overlooked, today is a very important day in the history of the US...our true "Independence Day" so to speak..
On the morning of April 19th, 1775...colonist militia engaged the English Army for the first time in what is considered to be the "official" start of the American Revolution. English forces out of Boston were sent to seize arms and powder belonging to the militia, but the colonists had been tipped off to the threat and managed to move and relocate most of their arms. Sitting here 237 years later I harbor no ill will to our British allies across the sea, other than that War, the War of 1812 and a few other select times the US and Great Britain have enjoyed a mutual friendship and support few other nations can boast. That does not mean, however, that I forget the beginnings of my nations independence and against whom it was gained from...
I have spoken of The Appleseed Project many times before on this blog, and am planning to attend a shoot this year again - and get that Rifleman badge! Appleseed is not only a great way to learn or hone your marksmanship skills, but also a great place to get introduced to some of our nations founding history and principles. I highly encourage you to find and attend one in your area.
2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)