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OK, I had no idea where to put this post since we don't have a section for "interesting history" so I will post it here. If any of the moderators think this belongs somewhere else feel free to move it.

I came across this story while I was reading John Ross's excellent book Unintended Consequences which is a fictional story about an out of control government that keeps stripping people's gun rights away from them piece by piece...actually maybe it isn't fiction at all :D:

Anyway I digress.

He references a historical battle that took place in Tennessee in 1946 dubbed "The Battle of Athens" where a local government was totally corrupt and the Federal government, Justice Department failed to do anything to stop it. An election was held by the corrupt officials who were running against GIs who had just returned from WW II. In short a literal gun battle broke out between the corrupt Sheriff and his cronies and GIs who eventually won by force of arms and proved they had actually won the election.

They were able to restore liberty and justice back to the county. It is often cited as a case for the right to bear arms against tyranny in government. I thought it was very educational, but didn't know a thing about it. The one character in Unintended Consequences tells another character that everyone in the "gun culture" knows of this piece of history. I would say I am part of that "gun culture" but had never heard of this so I suspected many of you haven't either.

I thought it would be very educational and instructive for all of us fighting against corrupt government who are always infringing on our rights to know and read about this if you also haven't heard about it. So I thought I would share a link to the original group who brought this to light. Who knows maybe we can make this prominent piece of history again to a whole new generation of gun culture enthusiasts. Anyway here is the link...

http://jpfo.org/filegen-a-m/athens.htm

Here is also another link to the same story on Wikepedia, but the link above is from the organization that first brought national attention to the issue.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Athens_(1946)
 

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Whoa....this actually happened.


I thought this was a fictional story at first, WOW!
 

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Of course, if that happened now, there would be half a dozen quick-response SWAT teams and armored cars with 50-cals on top. The GI's would all die, and be branded terrorists of left or right wing, depending on how the authorities decided to spin it.
 

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Google "the battle of Blair mountain" for another true story of the largest insurrection since the civil war.

It started with the "Matewan massacre", and lasted 5 days with over a million rounds fired.

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Of course, if that happened now, there would be half a dozen quick-response SWAT teams and armored cars with 50-cals on top. The GI's would all die, and be branded terrorists of left or right wing, depending on how the authorities decided to spin it.
So, go sit quietly on your hands, and don't rock the boat. :rolleyes: Do you talk yourself out of worthwhile things often, or is this just frustration?
 

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So, go sit quietly on your hands, and don't rock the boat. :rolleyes: Do you talk yourself out of worthwhile things often, or is this just frustration?
I agree with him, that's how we hear about everything on the news. I don't think most on here are for sitting on there hands or being sheepish about their rights.
 

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I live within a 30 minute drive of this town and did not know about this. I'll have to read up some on it. Thanks! :thumb:
 

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The good ol boys in Tennessee been fightin the powers that be for a loooong time. Another battle was Fork Ridge Coal War. Union thugs fought the miner's over workers rights. When the shootin was over the President of the Coal Company was dead. Smaller shootin battles have taken place over Liquor raids. Heck just last week a 70+ year old woman was shootin at the Governor's Drug Task Force who were raiding pot crops in Cocke County. Texas wouldn't be there if is wasn't for Crockett's army from Tennessee. Don't mess with Tennessee.
 

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Guys from Tennessee will fight in a heartbeat and, sometimes, just for the fun of the fight. That's why when all that fighting started in Texas, Davey Crockett and some good ol' Tennessee boys, had to go join the ruckus. Even when they don't like or want to fight, like Alvin York, they still excel at it. Down in Tennessee they don't care how big you get, just don't get too close. And that attitude applies to blacks, whites and all the other groups of people which is something a lot of people don't understand. Leave a Tennessee guy alone or they will hurt you real bad. Athens was a prime example of not being nice, not leaving people alone and not treating people right. The end result was to be expected.
 

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A similar incident happened during WWII in Louisiana between corrupt Sheriff and the State. Well the Governor used the State Guard (Militia) because the National Guard had been Federalized and incorporated into the US Army for WWII. There was no State Guard at the time of Katrina and the National Guard was in Iraq which is why you saw cops from New York and Blackwater Merks in New Orleans.
 

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I agree with him, that's how we hear about everything on the news. I don't think most on here are for sitting on there hands or being sheepish about their rights.
I see your point, but at some point a person has to say "this is worth it" and take action. Those GIs got fed up and beat their version of that SWAT team as a result. All in all, a great story of values and courage in action.

But...if I've offended you or merlinfire, please accept my apologies. Got fired up there for a minute, and you guys shouldn't have to put up with that kinda stuff from me. Been kinda wound up tight lately.

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The good ol boys in Tennessee been fightin the powers that be for a loooong time. Another battle was Fork Ridge Coal War. Union thugs fought the miner's over workers rights. When the shootin was over the President of the Coal Company was dead. Smaller shootin battles have taken place over Liquor raids. Heck just last week a 70+ year old woman was shootin at the Governor's Drug Task Force who were raiding pot crops in Cocke County. Texas wouldn't be there if is wasn't for Crockett's army from Tennessee. Don't mess with Tennessee.
Now Crockett helped but he didn't do it alone
 

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I see your point, but at some point a person has to say "this is worth it" and take action. Those GIs got fed up and beat their version of that SWAT team as a result. All in all, a great story of values and courage in action.

But...if I've offended you or merlinfire, please accept my apologies. Got fired up there for a minute, and you guys shouldn't have to put up with that kinda stuff from me. Been kinda wound up tight lately.

Take care
No apologies needed. You're stating your opinion.

I think we all should have our lines in the sand. I know I have mine. For me to "throw down" it's going to have to reach those lines, otherwise, I still have to protect my family by going to work and being home...sitting in jail at this point won't help any of that.
 

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Welcome to Tennessee, Patron State of Shooting Stuff.

A significant part of America's freedom is owed to Tennessee "Volunteers". Remember, they are not just a football team.

The circle of human society is an eternal round. If we find ourselves at a certain point, rest assured that someone else has already been here, and somebody else will be here later. If revolution against tyranny was necessary once, it will be again. If peace and prosperity was found by people at one time, it can be found again.
 

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This was on the 'History Channel', a few years ago. It has a larger meaning today. It could happen again, in America. It's our 'Second Amendment', in our Constitution.
This could happen again in America.

All military veterans take an oath "to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic." In 1946, World War II veterans who returned home to Athens, TN decided to take on local tyranny. Click on the link below to view the movie trailer:


http://voxvocispublicus.homestead.com/Battle-of-Athens.html
 
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