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Why We Need the Come And Take It Flag Today
by David C. Treibs
October 2, 1835 1990s
At every turn, someone is trying to disarm us. As hostility to our freedom increases, it is imperative that we recall our forefathers and the efforts of various tyrants to disarm them. The past holds parallels to the present, and can guide us in our current struggles. You know that the battles at Lexington and Concord, the start of the American Revolution, erupted because British troops were marching to seize the colonists' weapons at these two locations. You may not be aware that the Texas revolution started in a similar way: Mexican troops, General Santa Anna's thugs, were marching on the town of Gonzales to seize their cannon, but the people refused to surrender their arms, and fought off the Mexicans. At this first skirmish the Texans flew one of Texas' most famous flags: "ole' Come And Take It."
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Come and take it was a slogan used in the Texas Revolution in 1835. In March 1831, Juan Gomez, a Lieutenant in the Mexican Army, worked alongside Tadeo Ortiz, a consul at Bordeaux, France, and granted a small cannon to the colony of San Antonio. The small bronze cannon was received by the colony and signed for by Randy Tumlinson. It was then transported to Gonzales, Texas and later was the object of Texas pride. At the minor skirmish known as the Battle of Gonzales, a small group of Texans successfully resisted the Mexican forces who had orders to seize their cannon. As a symbol of defiance, the Texans had fashioned a flag containing the phrase along with a black star and an image of the cannon which they had received six years earlier from mexican officials. In modern times, the "come and take it" flag has been modified and used as a symbol of gun-rights advocates. The first-known modified version, from the 1980s, replaces the cannon with an M16A2 assault rifle and was displayed at a Bill of Rights rally in Arizona. In 2002, the flag was further modified to depict a Barret .50 BMG Rifle.
Federalists such as James Madison initially argued that a federal Bill of Rights was unnecessary, asserting that the federal government could never raise a standing army powerful enough to overcome a militia. Similarly, Federalist Noah Webster argued that an armed populace would have no trouble resisting the potential threat to liberty of a standing army. However, Madison would later become a leading advocate for the federal Bill of Rights.