Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

Paul Revere didn’t have Twitter

Written By: Bob - Dec• 17•12

Just after midnight on April 19, 1775, Paul Revere was secreted out of Boston in a rowboat, past the HMS Somerset, to Charlestown. He mounted a fine mare by the name of Brown Beauty, and helped set off a network of alarm riders, church bells, musket shots and signal fires that quickly broadcast across the New England night that “the Regulars were coming out,” on a gun control raid to Lexington and Concord.

Within just six hours 14,000 militiamen were on the march towards the Lexington-Concord road. Before the day was done, units of the most powerful land army of it’s day would be shattered in two-minute engagement at the North Bridge.

Reeling from the sustained rotating column of fire developed by a portly farmer and amateur strategist, Redcoats broke and ran. So desperate was their plight that six of the King’s elite Grenadiers surrendered to an old woman picking dandelion greens to make a laxative.

Only a late arrival be a relief column of Redcoats armed with cannon and the delayed reaction of a Colonial militia commander allowed the survivors of these “damned rebels” to barely made it back to Boston and avoid utter annihilation.

All because of a primitive communications network, and a concern for liberty from a people that meant to keep their freedom.

Today we have smartphones, landline phones, satellite phones, network television, cable television, satellite television, AM radio, FM radio, Ham Radio, and GMRS. We have pagers, laptops, desktops, netbooks, tablets, Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, blogs, and RSS feeds.

We have millions of veterans of recent wars, hundreds of thousands of which are combat experienced, most of which recognize the fact that they swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, not any particular regime or would-be tyrants.

I hope that those historically-ignorant souls rushing to impose restrictions on our rights from Capitol Hill take such things into account.  The unexpected responses to rash actions often lead to unpleasant outcomes.

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  1. Ann jeffcoat says:

    I heard on ” The Five” yesterday that the Colorado shooter checked out other movie theaters but chose the one he did because it was a no gun zone even for concealed carry. After finding a Fox article from Sept. it also said: Every mass shooting of more than 3 people in the U.S. sine 1950 except one was done in a ” No Gun Area.” I think this should be in the news more and be part of the gun control talk.

  2. Patriot says:

    A recent executive order gave the potus authority to seize control of all forms of communication, both public and private, under the guise of national security. Plainly speaking, the order states that it is to ensure communications at the highest level of government can be maintained in the event of emergency. Armed insurrection would certainly fall into the emergency category. If there were attempts at sweeping confiscation you can guarantee that the first thing to go down would be the cell towers and Internet at large. We place too much reliance on a fragile system that we have no control over whatsoever. The one thing you mentioned that they won’t be able to ontrol though is ham radio. Yes, they may seize the repeaters but station to station simplex communications can and will still go on. FRS/GMRS radios fall into the 70cm spectrum by the way which anyone with a technician license will have access to. I feel it necessary to inform people of one crucial truth; communications win or lose the day. It doesn’t matter how armed you are if you can’t communicate with others. With what you’re about to go buy your umpteenth gun with buy a decent ham transceiver. You can get into a decent mobile setup for a few hundred dollars and there are many handhelds that can be had for under $100. Be aware though that the handhelds are limited to 4-5W of transition power so depending on terrain, buildings etc. you can’t expect more than a couple of miles out of them. The 22 mile range you see advertised on FRS radios is mountain top to mountain top with nothing in between, and actually getting above the radio horizon. The test to get a technician license is typically $15 or less and 35 multiple choice questions. I read one study guide one time and was passing practice tests. It’s not difficult.