Almost 238 years ago King George sent his army to the new land to confiscate the Colonists’ guns. Red Coats, dressed in their best, did as they were told and marched on the farmers, merchants, doctors and lawyers who lived in the colonies. But the farmers and others were ready – they stood firm and refused to give up their weapons. They knew if they complied with the demands of the King, they would have no way to protect themselves and their families. They were smart! They gathered in small villages, in town halls, in taverns, on farms and shared a common message – Stand Firm, Stand Together, Don’t Waiver.
Their strategy worked. They defeated the Red Coats, sent them back to the King and kept their weapons. They lost some good men and many bullets but they won their Freedom. For those of us who understand, they were the original grassroots patriots. In cold weather, wind, snow, rain, summer heat (I can’t wait for that!) and dark of night, they stood together driven by a set of principles that were not yet written on paper but were understood. Those principles are what we now call our Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Today as I stood on a handcrafted plywood stage surrounded by bales of hay, I looked out at the crowd of 500 people strong and a certain sense of warmth filled my heart. For a brief moment, I was transformed back in time to an outdoor meeting at the center of Town where the original Patriots gathered. They too, were called to attend a rally in support of their Freedom. They stood there in the cold breeze with snow on the ground and determination on their face. They stood there shoulder to shoulder; farmer, merchant, doctor, lawyer, blacksmith, carpenter and land surveyor. They stood for FREEDOM. You could feel the chant, STAND FIRM, STAND TOGETHER, DON’T WAIVER! That same strong sense of Freedom was there today in a Town called Schoharie, on Main Street, at the Daughter’s of the American Revolution Hall, at a rally to preserve our 2nd Amendment Rights. A right that we won almost 238 years ago!
That message shall carry on as we fight in New York State to preserve our 2nd Amendment right that God given to us so long ago – STAND FIRM, STAND TOGETHER, DON’T WAIVER.