Hi Angela, IIRC, British Naval units transported tens of thousands from the NYC area to other locations outside the US after the revolution. It would be interesting to see the history of property transfers/confiscations over the decade of the revolution.
The colonists were defending the rights of Englishmen, in a situation of increasing force applied from England to limit and rescind many of the original Charters. The Glorious Revolution had consequences in America. The Declaration lists some of the violations. It took years for most colonists to come to agree with the Revolutionaries of 1776-1783.
In re weapons, it should be noted that the Redcoats marched to Lexington to confiscate weapons, and arrest individuals speaking freely. The individual right to arms in England had been upheld through the "gamekeeper" cases for generations. The first Minutemen to respond were the local Pastor ( who was hiding two prominent colonists the British wanted to arrest ) and members of his congregation. Further, IMHO, the Revolution was kept alive through some critical battles won by the local, not Continental, units of irregulars , who had better weapons ( and tactics ) than the Redcoats.
I would agree that the colonists eventually became radical for the time, as even England was centralizing power rapidly, redefining the traditional rights of Englishmen. The "Revolutionary Constitutions" in many colonies were vastly more "democratic" than anything since ancient Greece. Just me, I suspect that the thought evolution for many slid from wanting to defend tradition to attempting to remove the oversight of a government most came to view as not the legitimate, traditional English system. The Constitutional ratification debates ( and methods ) replayed the conflict, while state Constitutions then became more "conservative".
In practice, again just me, I regard the first and second amendments as of equal importance, and symbiotic. Low ( or no ) info voters can't make informed decisions. Since the current administration claims the right to rule by non-democratic executive decree and administrative regulation, the last defense of the first amendment is the second amendment.
The majority of my generation has stood by and permitted the killing of nearly 50,000,000 innocent children.
The majority of my generation has stood by and permitted the Presidents to wage non-declared wars, and remotely execute people of the President's choice, without even a military tribunal.
The majority of my generation has stood by and permitted the long march to cultural and political decadence.
The majority of my generation has stood by and permitted the changing of the US from an authority consensus based society to a power based society. Since the advent of gunpowder enabled the lowest serf to bring down the highest lord of the land, in this one time-specific instance, once the rule of law is lost, I agree on MaOZedong's point about power coming from guns.
The majority of my generation has stood by and permitted the massive accumulation of centralized government power. For nearly 45 years, firearms control legislation has mushroomed. Do actual crime stats show improvement?
There are many areas for discussion, but I am not convinced that pouring more fuel of money, power, or acquiescence into the fire of bigger , less responsive ( or responsible ), and eventually unaccountable government will benefit us.
So, on the streets today, who are the "loyalists" or "Tories" ?