At what point in history were Americans forced to invoke their Second Amendment rights against a tyrannical government?

History is about so much more than memorizing facts. It is about the story. And, told in the right way, it is the greatest one ever written: Good and evil, triumph and tragedy, despicable acts of barbarism and courageous acts of heroism. Glenn’s latest book, Miracles and Massacres, is history as you’ve never heard it told. It’s incredible events that you never knew existed. And it’s stories so important and relevant to today that you won’t have to ask: Why didn’t they teach me this? 

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If you’ve ever watched Andy Griffith on TV, take a moment and think about “Mayberry” – that little town where the show took place.

It was a great place to live, and Sheriff Taylor and Barney Fife were all the people needed to keep law and order. And seriously, they probably didn’t really even need Barney at all.

At the end of World War II, Athens, Tennessee was about the size of Mayberry. It, too, had once been a great place to live. But the local government went bad, and when governments go bad, they grow like a cancer.

Not everyone in politics is corrupt, but you can be sure that everyone who is corrupt will eventually worm their way into politics because that’s where the real money and power are. And that’s exactly what happened in Athens: The politicians built themselves a massive, crooked machine, and they used local law enforcement to guard their little kingdom.

By 1946, Athens didn’t have just one deputy – they had hundreds. And those deputies weren’t anything like Barney Fife. They were more like Otis the drunk with a bad attitude, a tin badge, and a gun.

The crooked elites of Athens ruled by intimidation, rigging elections, and shaking down businesses for bribes and protection money. They controlled everything, and ran anyone who opposed them out of town.

Things looked pretty bleak for Athens, but a glimmer of hope appeared when the War finally ended. The thousands of returning veterans in and around Athens saw what had become of their town, and they didn’t like it. They knew what enemies of freedom looked like – the fascists they’d defeated overseas were still fresh in their minds – and they knew what they had to do.

What happened next in Athens will absolutely shock anyone who doesn’t know the story. Is the answer those GIs found still relevant to today? That’s up for you to decide once you read chapter 10 of Miracles and Massacres, but keep this in mind: Sometimes those who want to take away all the guns have a pretty simple motive: they want to make sure they’re the only ones who have them.

  • landofaahs

    Frankly, there is a day coming when the people will be looking for the heads of their leaders. The leaders will be facing the guillotine or it’s modern day equivalent for taking the easy way of kicking the can until it could not be kicked any longer. The politicians will learn anew how fickle is the parasite voter when buyoffs are no longer available. It’s sad to see, but history shows we are heading down that road and I hope to be out of the country when it happens.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    I have the feeling that in a few months the powder keg will be ignited and detonate, then a full scale insurrection will be triggered by Obama or one of his cronies ordering the American people to be shot down by law enforcement and the armed forces.

    Remember, it only took one man immolating himself in the Middle East to touch off the Arab Spring. It can happen just as fast here at home, one event, and all goes into complete Revolution.

  • Anonymous

    Your sick insurrection fantasies are rotting your guts out from the hate. You going to be the first one to shoot a cop, pig fukkk?

  • Anonymous

    Oh, look, its another sick fukkk who wants to murder people because his side can’t win an election. Eat shttt and die, bittch

  • landofaahs

    Are you still around you retard? You cannot even read. I am just predicting what history shows will happen. I also say I don’t want to see it happen and that I’ll be out of the country when it comes. By the way, I don’t have to win elections because I already won in life and I have options to the crash coming. It’s others that I am sad for. As far as eating shttt, you are not my type of fare.

  • landofaahs

    The cops will probably be on the firemen’s side.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    I hope your happy that Obamacare is going to kill majority of fire departments because you liberals love the poor so much that you want to see us burn.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8FvmesaxXg Sam Fisher

    Oh look who his projecting because his side screwed this country and is going to lose the next two elections.

  • Anonymous

    Stop acting like a ranting idiot, or I’ll take a week off of work and starve you. And that potty mouth of yours is that of a typical liberal that repeats what the king says. What a fool.

  • WASP

    It is the government that has insurrected. You communist weirdo. Cops hate the feds as much as we do down south :) Go back to huffpo or rawstory. You fvcking freaks bored over there without anyone to argue with? Sad another communist leader is in hell are we? Mandela, too bad, so sad. You communist fvcks will have to kill all of us to get your “utopia” here. Hate? That isn’t strong enough a word when it comes to describing my emotions to enemies of God and Country. Can not wait until it all comes to a head, and IT WILL.
    Stupid morons won’t know what hit you. What are you a government paid troll or what? Things that boring at the NSA these days? Go FVCK yourself.

  • WASP

    Mr Beck should NOT let this story die. The old G.I. Party, we need it back !!!

  • Anonymous

    See it happen Here: http://voxvocispublicus.homestead.com/Battle-of-Athens.html The Battle of Athens Tennessee.

  • Anonymous

    The bible is loaded with prophecy telling of a story that America is yet soon to fulfill. Once the prophetic writings do start revealing themselves, in actual real time events, our cities will lie in ashes – our economy will collapse, infrastructure gone, riots will ensue where a full one third of our people will die in a deadly civil-war, the likes of which have never been witnessed on American soil. Add terrorism into the mix and a full scale war soon destroys everything else. By the way, the “foreigner among you” as the bible refers to those among us, who will be victorious over the Anglo-Saxon. The white population will be wiped out, a full two-thirds of white-America, will be killed, the last, or remaining third, will resort to such insanity as cannibalism, before eventually, being carted off as slaves to a nation who’s language they do not understand. 90% of this third group, will die in captivity.

    God is not happy with our nation – he even says, he’s fighting against us today, by the sound of the above information, who would argue against that. He also says, what he will do in America, will be that, which he has never done before. The eyes of the Lord are upon us, who can stand?

    There is still time to avoid this coming doom…something tells me though, bible prophecy will be very accurate as usual.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Oh I imagine you have already done so, or are going to do so when Obama gives the orders to kill anyone opposed to the communist system he is building by the day.

    That is the way of communists such as you is it not? Blood and steel shed en mass until you are swept clear of the page by those you sought to eliminate.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Notice how the commie twists words: now then, where in all of the world did you get the idea I will shoot cops? I stated that Obama will order the law enforcement and armed forces to do so.

    Leftist as ever, twist words around since you have no argument to make.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Enjoy your freedom while it lasts comrade, useful idiots such as you will be the first to be deemed ‘expendable’ by the commies.

  • True Heart

    Have you read “Arizona Border” by Trudy Bryant. That is a modern day story just around the corner.

  • landofaahs

    He doesn’t have to act like an idiot because he truly is one. There ain’t no acting needed.

  • BlueMN

    Bad idea.

    “On January 4, 1947, four of the five leaders of the GI Non-Partisan League declared in an open letter: ‘We abolished one machine only to replace it with another and more powerful one in the making.’ The League failed to establish itself permanently and traditional political parties soon returned to power.”

  • BlueMN

    This is all kinds of crazy. These kinds of attitudes are also why the Tea Party are being marginalized by Republicans now.

  • ken.

    don’t want to see it happen but when it does i will stand up and fight for my country. i will not not run and hide letting my country be destroyed, i couldn’t live with myself. home of the brave, land of the free.

  • Bonnie Somer

    yes the time i feel is nearer than we think. the few that pay taxes now, the ones who live off of them the socialist progressive cancer that we must defeat is all around. What happened in Athens is about to happen and it is coming. Obamas lies and manipulations and the valerie jarrett machine w/soros and his money the obama progressive left is showing the head of the snake and like all snakes they can be taken away the ignoring of the us constitution by this pres is pure treason and we the people are getting to a point that is about to happen. 2014 is coming and we must win keep the house and take the senate

  • Anonymous

    I so agree and I wouldn’t put it past obama to do that. I believe he is just waiting to see who he can get rid of first. The sick seniors, the ones who drain the government – totally relying of the government, the Republicans, etc. He is a Hitler….

  • Anonymous

    Paranoia, Beck style. He loves to stir the crazies up. What law has Obama passed that does takes guns from citizens? Only law he signed was one that expanded the use of guns in national parks. If the government turned the military against the people, how could citizens with a few guns compete with everything from tanks to nuclear bombs. Keep you psychosis in check, Beck!

  • landofaahs

    I’ll let that comment pass since you obviously don’t know my past and what I have done for my country. I would gladly give my life for it for the right cause, but not a suicide mission that will do no good. Sometimes the best way to help your country is from afar. Whatever the best path presents, I’ll be there.

  • Anonymous

    Have you heard that Burger King loss it title for being the home of the of the WHOPPERS ?? They have loss out to competition !! The new official site for being the home of the WHOPPERS is the obama administration WHITE HOUSE !!! Beside the WHOPPERS of lies there is a speciality selection for you is the WHOPPER of theft of your wallet and your loss of cherish insurance plans from your employer with obama administration hand in your wallet and dictating on what insurance plan you can have !!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    P.S Don’t forget about the progressive senators and reps from both parties ! Who help obama with his whoppers in 2012 to make U.S citizens victims of his whoppers ,in the loss of their cherish employer free health care etc, in the grand theft of obama government hands in your wallet !! Also the stealing of seats in 2012 elections in helping obama promote whoppers of untrue facts ,instead of true facts ,They help steal 2012 election with a bunch of BS falsehoods !!! I say vote all these lying bums out in 2014 !!!!

  • Anonymous

    Now if obama care say that insurance companies cannot discriminate against people with pre-conditions and must provide coverage and pay for treatments !! But with obama care it discriminate against the age or old people ! Is not being old a pre-condition,never mind having a ailment ,if not consider a pre-condition why should our seniors be denied same care as anyone else ???? Why should our seniors be put on ration care ,or someone over 40 with a another 20 good years of life and work with treatment,be told by obama calous bean counters take a pain killer pill and die !!!!!!