Members of a radical militia group ambushed government agents in a massive shootout today at a small town near Boston. Government agents as part of an ongoing investigation into the groups criminal activities were preparing to raid known stockpiles of military weapons and ammunition and arrest group leaders.
Tipped off about the raid several members of the group, led by a Colonel James Barrett moved their stockpile of assault weapons (including artillery pieces) to alternate locations. They then gathered members of their group at a local bar Wright’s Tavern and made plans to ambush the agents they knew were coming. They then placed armed members at key points in preparation for the attack.
The arriving agents soon spotted several armed men. Despite the show of force, they were not to be intimidated and moved into position. Government agents, under orders to not fire unless fired upon, took up defensive positions.
Believing that government agents were burning their buildings the militia group advanced on the agents positions. Government agents fired warning shots hoping to stop the assault. In the confusion several agents directly engaged members of the advancing militia group, who then returned fire.
Several men were killed and wounded in the ensuing gun battle.
Government agents have identified and issued warrants for the key leadership of the militia group. Among the wanted are James Barrett, Paul Revere, William Dawes, John Parker, Samuel Prescott, Samuel Adams and John Hancock.
(the preceding appears courtesy of a number of like-minded blogs and on-line forums and speaks directly to series of quotes I compiled here.
You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence.
-Charles Austin Beard