Leave it to Sarah Palin to turn Paul Revere's ride into a statement about "gun-grabbing." In a wonder of historical revisionism, she stated about Paul Revere, in one of her famous off-the-cuff blunders,
"He who warned the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms by ringing those bells, and makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed."(See the video of her statement HERE). (Another SOURCE).
Later, in trying to defend her earlier comment, she explained,
"Part of his ride was to warn the British that were already there. That, hey, you're not going to succeed. You're not going to take American arms. You are not going to beat our own well-armed persons, individual, private militia that we have."
Yes, according to Palin, Paul Revere made his ride not to warn his comrades about the advancing British, but to tell the British they couldn't take away our arms. And, heck, why not throw in a random reference to a "private militia" (Not that private militias were recognized by the nation, the British, or Paul Revere. "Militias" as they were defined at the time were state-organized armies). Ms. Palin, please unload your half-cocked mind and stop seeing the world as if through rifle sights.
HERE is a description of the true events of that night and Revere's real, more patriotic motivations.
I can't claim to be surprised by Palin's revisionism, nor the attempts of her fans to re-write Wikipedia's entry on Paul Revere to match her new history. It's just another predictable pro-gun statement by a public figure who is known for such extremist views. And it makes for yet another semi-entertaining media circus for her to wallow in.
I wonder, if left to her devices, how would Palin further revise history? Hmm.... HERE is one interpretation: