By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world.
Today marks the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first glorious steps to our Independence and freedom from tyranny. We would not formally declare our independence for more than a year, but the heroic stand of these militiamen, these farmers and shopkeepers against the mightiest army in the world remains a symbol of the true American spirit. At the time if the Revolution every civilized nation on earth was ruled by a monarch, dictator or oligarchy of some sort. Some 234 years later, free republics and democracy are more the norm. Yes, the shots fired at Lexington and Concord were heard around the world. At these small Massachusetts villages were felt the birthing pangs of freedom. The beginning of a new nation were all would have equal opportunity. Where freedom and liberty would be the foundation of the new Republic.
It was the action of these outnumbered and outclassed Americans that inspired the Founders to write the Second Amendment as insurance the common citizenry would have the means to again throw off the yoke of oppression and overweening Government should the need ever again arise.