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Letter: Colonists called the killing of 5 in Boston a ‘massacre’

Colonists called the killing of 5 in Boston a ‘massacre’

I’m curious. For those of you who feel assault-type weapons and their large magazines should be protected under the Second Amendment, what was it like during that time?

In 1770, several British soldiers were subjected to verbal threats and a few thrown objects, which prompted them to fire into the crowd with their muskets. Five people died and a few others were wounded. It became known as the “Boston Massacre” and was a rallying cry of men such as Paul Revere and Samuel Adams.

This was one of the more important incidents that started the Revolutionary War, which spawned the Second Amendment in 1791.

What would they have called it if a single soldier had killed 49 colonists and wounded 53? I wonder.

David Spencer

Delevan