One if by land, and two if by sea

On this day in 1775, Paul Revere, William Dawes, and Samuel Prescott set off on what is now the legendary midnight ride to warn of impending British advances. The American Revolutionary war was about to begin.

The world is a different place today, but we are still fighting to protect our rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that were laid out after the Revolutionary War in the Declaration of Independence. These inalienable rights were further defined in the United States Constitution.

What other historical event do you associate with the Second Amendment?


What are you smokin’?


^^^^^ What he said.


A lover of history. Where you twice wrote “Civil”, did you mean to write “Revolutionary”, my friend? :blush:


Maybe a typo, but not incorrect. The American Revolution was a civil war. It started between subjects of the same crown, and some of the worst battles were between neighbors.

It’s difficult to think of anything more pro-2A than the battles of Lexington and Concord. It was literally bands of patriots standing up to a government confiscation of firearms (arms which the government owned, no less). We’ve had many situations since then which point to the importance of the 2nd Amendment, but none led to the founding of a new nation.

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I love that the citizens owned a cannon. Here is ultimate proof the antigunners are wrong about what they say. The people had their own freaking artillery.

Political points aside, it’s just awesome to own your own artillery.


Was it? There seems to be a number of different opinions on this, one of which was not a civil war, but instead a war for independence rather than one intending to overthrow and change the ruling government. The Revolutionary War was indeed called a civil war during its first year, however I would contend that “The American Civil War” in common usage today is widely understood to be “the Battle Between the States.”

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You’re wrong. A civil war is factions within a nation state fighting over control of that state, while a revolution is a territory fighting for independence from a nation state. There is long-standing, widespread consensus about this distinction across academia. There was great debate among the Colonists about whether or not their goal was independence or concessions from Britain and reconciliation. They chose independence reluctantly. That is very clear in the United States Declaration of Independence. They stated no other desired outcome than the obvious. And the American Civil War is only named that because the victors got to call it what they wished. In fact, it was also a war for independence as far as the Confederacy was concerned, and it has been referred to by Agrarian historians ever since as The War of Northern Aggression because it was pretty widely believed on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line at the time that a voluntary political union (social contract) could be voluntarily repudiated by each party to said contract (the various sovereign states, as they were called in those days). But Mr. Lincoln’s war resolved the dispute in favor of northern banking interests…and here we are.

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In 1775, the colonies were not fighting for independence. Even late in the war, when rival militias were slaughtering one another in upstate New York or the rural Carolinas, they were fighting for control, not independence.

By the same logic, one could argue that the CSA was fighting for independence from the United States. Using that rationale, the only difference between a civil war and a revolution is who wins.

If everyone is going to get bent out of shape about history, I’m going to step back from this conversation. At the end of the day, it’s an argument for bitter academics. We’re supposed to be talking about historical 2A events.

Yes. However, it’s not technically incorrect to refer to the revolution as a civil war. I’m just running defense for OP, that’s all. :wink:

There were some colonies that fought to stay in the Empire, for what it’s worth. Not states, though… I guess we call them “provinces,” today. “War Between The Colonies”?

God made men, and Sam Colt made them equal. 1873 was the year production began in the Colt SAA. A mass produced firearm, chambered in a commonly available cartridge. Used by lawmen, the army, ranchers, and gunfighters alike.

The Brits view it as an insurrection. LOL. Damn Yanks!

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Well, then I guess my wife referring to my briefs as panties is good then.

Revolutionary War or American Revolution. Great Britain was occupying the land to control it. A revolution is much different than a civil war by mere description of its purpose I think.

“Does anyone know what else’s happened in 1775 ?”

Alexander Cummings invented the flush toilet.

IIRC, they “liberated” the cannons from armories.

Thanks for the typo catch and the understanding! It’s fixed now!

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Recommending my favorite books of historical fiction / revolutionary war period by author Kenneth Roberts: “Arundel,” and “Rabble In Arms.” For a view of the revolution from the standpoint of the Loyalists, try his “Oliver Wiswell.” Great reads!

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