View Full Version : The Battle of Athens: An important piece of 2nd Amendment history

01-01-2013, 4:49 PM
Even though none of us ever wants to see anything like this ever happen, especially here in our own country. But this is one example of why the founders knew it was important that the public always have the right to own firearms with matching firepower.

I am not the author of this description below.

Cumin County, Tennessee.

A wealthy family, the Cantrells, had taken control of the county political machine in the 1930's. Paul Cantrell was elected county sheriff in 1936, 1938, and 1940. In 1942 and 1944 he was elected to the state senate, while his chief deputy, Pat Mansfield, was elected county sheriff.

The U.S. Department of Justice received complaints by county citizens of electoral fraud in the 1940, 1942, and 1944 elections. These complaints went unanswered.

Deputies commonly accepted bribes, intimidated voters, tampered with ballot boxes, and began beating those who spoke out. The sheriff's department falsely ticketed and arrested individuals to obtain finances for personal and political purposes. Local political bosses were just as corrupt.

WWII veterans returning to their home county were outraged by the tyrannical establishment. During the 1946 elections, veterans fielded their own nonpartisan candidates and attempted to have a fraud-free election. Paul Cantrell was again running for sheriff, Pat Mansfield, sought the state senate.

On August 1st, election day, sheriff Mansfield brought in 200 "deputies" to detain and beat ex-GI poll watchers, in addition to taking the ballot boxes back to the jail house for an "official" count. Taking the ballot boxes constituted a violation of Tennessee state law, as the ballots must be counted in full view of the voting public.

Enraged veterans armed themselves and sought to obtain the ballot boxes to prevent electoral fraud and stop the government tyranny. The conflict which followed became known as....THE BATTLE OF ATHENS.

Watch this video: THE BATTLE OF ATHENS (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9tUQxsrQGw) (10min's)

And watch this video. Actual images: The Battle of Athens: Fighting for Liberty, Restoring the Rule of Law (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9fVABaWkAM) (2min's 46sec's)

01-01-2013, 5:07 PM
This has to be the most duplicated post on CGN. IBTL

01-01-2013, 6:04 PM
This has to be the most duplicated post on CGN
In a way it would be nice if that were so.