In Athens, Tennessee in 1946, the county had been plagued by out of control law enforcement personnel doling out excessive fines and ticketing drivers for any imagined infraction for the purpose of taking their money.
These rogue law enforcement people had turned their sights on local veterans who had just come back from the war. There was a great deal of animosity between the police and the vets. Police did not command respect as the vets did, and the police misused their authority to express their displeasure.
In the middle of this atmosphere, a group of local veterans known as the ‘wild vets” decided to back their own political candidate and to remove the abusive law enforcement people from their positions. The group of GIs promised an honest ballot count and swore that they would remove the corrupt local government.
But on election day 200 armed deputies swarmed the ballots and began patrolling the surrounding area. Ordinarily, the town was policed by just 15 sheriff’s deputies. Conflicts arose. Cars were overturned and a black man was shot in the back by one of the deputies as he tried to escape a brutal assault.
Then, after all of the ballots were cast, and the poles were closed, the cop-mob seized the ballot boxes and moved them to the local jail. They claimed their intention was to prevent vote fixing by the vets. But the Wild Vets promptly armed themselves and headed over to a hill adjacent to the jail.
This was the first smart tactical move the vets made over these corrupt police.
As the deputies locked themselves inside the jail, the veterans fired from their hill and set dynamite to the front door. The deputies, realizing they were grossly overmatched, surrendered and turned the ballot boxes over to the vets. Once counted in public, the election was settled in favor of the five GI candidates who ran against the incumbents.
This is a textbook example of citizens using just and measured force of arms to remove a corrupted system of power. Not only did they use their arms and training to defeat the marshal power of the sheriff, but they used their victory in battle to allow for the democratic process to take its proper course.
The Wild Vets did not simply take power once their foe was defeated. They allowed the vote to proceed with no guarantee that they would win the election. Not only did they defeat the Athens police force militarily, but they defeated them morally while defending the freedom of their fellow citizens.
We would submit to you that this is a perfect example of why vets are treated so poorly by the federal government and that it is also a perfect example of why gun control advocates want to take away our Second Amendment rights. They want you disempowered.
Gun control is not about protecting the people from guns. It’s about creating a complete monopoly on the use of force by the government.
The real power players pushing for gun bans know what they are doing and why. They know they only want to rule unopposed by an armed citizenry. The useful idiots who support them simply worship government and want to hand your power over to it.
If the battle of Athens happened during the Obama era, those vets would have been met with a convoy of soldiers and federal hit men who would sweep in and mow them down. It would be like the assault on the Bundy’s who lost their leader, Ammon Bundy; gunned down while standing unarmed out in the open by a government sharp shooter.
If Athens happened during the Clinton era, they would have been firebombed like David Koresh and his group in Waco, Texas. Seventy-six innocent people died in that event, just because a liberal administration could not stand to have its authority challenged.
What’s worse- if Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election- you can bet that not only would armed families come under real attack, but this article would probably be illegal.
Today, just actions like those taken by the brave men in Athens in 1946 would seem extreme. Today’s news watcher would not even blush if the Wild Vets were mowed down in a hail of taxpayer-funded bullets. In that regard, we are losing our gun rights. We’re losing on the cultural side of the battle.
As it becomes more and more irregular for people to openly carry weapons, we lose the fight for the right to openly defend ourselves and our families without fear of government intervention.
~ American Gun News