It must be parade season in Texas. Following the gay pride parade last month in Dallas and now – scheduled for October 4 on the same day as the Ft. Worth gay pride parade – is yet another parade with a libertarian meme that has local activists looking to carpool from DFW to Gonzales.
Waitaminnit! Gonzales? What is Gonzales? Where is Gonzales? Why is Gonzales?
Gonzales, located in South Texas near San Antonio, is the site of the “Come And Take It Texas Parade.”
All good Texans who know their Texas history (and all good Texans know their Texas history!) know the story of Gonzales.
When Texas was still part of Mexico the Gonzales colony requested and got a small bronze cannon to ward off Apache raids. But later when the Texas Independence movement was brewing the Mexicans demanded its return.
As the story goes (“story” means both fact and legend in Texas) a flag was quickly crafted by Sarah Seely DeWitt and her daughter, Evaline, from Noami DeWitt’s wedding dress that depicted a cannon with a star above and the words COME AND TAKE IT below.
When a Mexican force showed up in 1835 to seize the cannon they were met by eighteen Texicans waving the flag and taunting them to “Come and take it!” The Mexicans fired, the Texicans fired and the Mexican force withdrew. One person on each side was injured. Or not. True to Texas tradition the details differ with every retelling.
The Battle of Gonzales was thus the first battle of the Texas Revolution.
But that’s history/legend while the “Come And Take It Texas Parade” in Gonzales on October 4 is in the future.
This year the Come And Take It Texas chapter of C.A.T.I. America will have a float in the parade and is “encouraging everyone interested in gun rights to participate. Bring your long arm on a proper sling, unloaded and walk with us showing solidarity in the gun rights movement sweeping the state.”
The “sweeping the state” refers to the “open carry walks” staged by groups like Open Carry Texas (OCT), Texans for Open Carry, Texas Carry, and Open Carry Tarrant County that have been making headlines and either invigorating or scaring people for some time now.
Good North Texas libertarians who wisely attended the Libertarian Party of Dallas County’s recent Liberty Forum that featured C. J. Grisham of Open Carry Texas know all about the open carry movement.
Now all they have to do is carpool themselves and their long guns off to Gonzales on October 4 and help make new history for open carry.