Aux Armes, Citoyens!

One movement is conspicuously absent in the astroturfed land of genocide and tyrannical governments:  the Parisian Commune of 1871.National Guards and curious citizens at the foot of the Vendôme ColumnPlace Vendôme (Group of Federated Soldiers near the Barricade in the Rue Castiglione), 1870-71

Probably because it’s something that does not fit the narrative.

It was a product of the fall of Emperor Napoleon III and the rise of the Third Republic during the Franco-Prussian War.  The Prussians beseiged Paris for four months from 19 September 1870 to 28 January 1871. The fall and capture of the city by Prussian forces was what led to French defeat in the Franco-Prussian War and the establishment of the German Empire as well as the Paris Commune.

Paris was not defended by the regular French Army, but by the National Guard, a militia.  The French Army disliked the National Guard anyway, but the hatred was augmented by the fact that the National Guard was a popular and radical force during the commune.

It was also well armed as these pictures show.Cadavres_Soldats_Federes_Commune_Paris_1871

It was still wiped out by the better armed French Army.

As is the case with most of the examples given where “unarmed” populations were wiped out during wartime, this was yet another one where there was resistance that was brutally crushed despite the people being armed.

The real argument against owning guns for fighting the government is Article III, Section iii of the United States Constitution.  The Constitution was a reaction to Shays Rebellion.

It hardly makes sense for a document written in reaction to a rebellion, which makes it clear that rebellion is unconstitutional, would allow for a suicide pact.

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