The American Revolutionary War was triggered the morning of April 19, 1775, when General Thomas Gage sent a column of Regulars and Royal Marines to Lexington and Concord, Massachusetts, on a gun control raid. Their mission was to seize muskets, musket balls, powder, cannon and other militia supplies amassed by Colonials along with two patriot leaders, John Hancock and Sam Adams, who they intended to give a “fair trial” and a fair hanging.

The Colonials had their noses bloodied in a one-sided in engagement on Lexington Green, but the tide turned later that morning at Concord Bridge, where the relentless aimed fire of Colonials cut the British officers to shreds in just two minutes. The rest, as they say, is history (and if you are interested in the history of that day, you will find nothing better than Paul Revere’s Ride, written by Brandeis University’s Pulitzer Prize-winning historian David Hackett Fisher).

The Second Amendment was enshrined second only to the rights of freedom of speech, assembly and religion by the Founders because they knew from a long view of the history preceding them that a free republic would remain free for only as long as people had the right to freely make their own decisions, and retained the power to keep others from taking their rights by force.

From the very beginning, the federal government itself was the primary target in the bullseye of the creators of the Second Amendment, and it is obvious to see why. They had just fought and won their liberty in part of a long and bloody world war (yes, the American Revolution triggered the first worldwide war, with American allies France, Spain, and Belgium joining battle against the British in North America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, and India). They viewed centralized government as a necessary evil, and saw a large standing military as a threat not just from their own experiences at the hand of the British military, but because they were educated men who grasp what led to the fall of nations dating back to Greece and Rome.

Modern liberal academia, unfortunately, is crippled by an incredible and intentional myopia, where the long view of history and the human condition is suppressed in order to push a “progressive” political orthodoxy (“common core”  is the direct an intentional result of this perversion of education and is no accident, but that is a conversation for another publication).

That intentional ignorance leads to reasonably intelligent people learning buzzwords instead of logic, and ingesting propaganda instead of spurring debate or learning from the mistakes of even the recent past.