The story of Johnny Appleseed is widely known across America. Project Appleseed has nothing to do with John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, but is as uniquely American as the story of Johnny Appleseed.
Shooting is a basic life skill and Project Appleseed teaches the fundamentals of rifle marksmanship. Incorporated into the program is a retelling of the events that initiated the American Revolution. The Battles of Lexington and Concord took place on April 19th, 1775. The program has grown exponentially since its inception in 2006 and now boast that more than 40,000 people have attended Appleseed training
As Americans we have a right to get on our soap box and opine on the topics of the day. We also have a right to vote and to hold office holders accountable. That is the function of the ballot box. The jury box is where Americans may put a check on an overzealous prosecutor through the right and duty of jury nullification, though few Americans today are aware of the concept. Finally, if the first three boxes fail to bring about the necessary change in government, Americans have a birthright to resort to the cartridge box and shoot usurpers in government. I fear Americans may be forced to exercise that right at some point in the not too distant future.
Speaking at the 1961 meeting for the Alliance for Progress, perhaps JFK said it best, though I suspect he never imagined the sentiment would apply to the relation between the United States Government and her citizens;
“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the U.S.