The Story of Gonzales and How It Relates to Today

19 Sep

In case you have ever seen a black and white flag with a cannon, lone star and the words “come and take it” and wondered where it came from, I’m going to tell you the story.  Because it is a story that still relates  today and to the fight against governmental control…or as the zealots like to refer to it, gun control.

Gonzales was a Mexican town east of San Antonio that was inhabited by settlers mainly from the US.  In 1831, Mexican authorities gave the settlers a small cannon to help defend themselves against Comanche raids.

Over the next four years, political unrest in Mexico reached a high point with several states revolting.  Col. Ugartechea, commander of all troops in Texas, felt it unwise to leave the weapon in the hands of the settlers and demanded it back.

Let me emphasis something, the government was fine with the settlers having a weapon UNTIL the rule of said government became so unpopular that open revolt was taking place. The government then decides to CONFISCATE that weapon in order to maintain THEIR control. 

Back to 1835.  After the refusal to return the cannons, on September 29th, the Mexicans sent in 100 armed Dragoons to nicely “ask” for the cannon back.  The settlers used a series of excuses and stalling tactics in order to delay the troops outside the town for 2 days, until 140 Texans could gather in Gonzales.  The Texans decided not to return the cannon and a fight ensued.

On October 2nd, shots were fired and the Mexican soldiers withdrew.  Now, this wasn’t the Alamo or San Jacinto, there were only 3 casualties, two dead Mexican Dragoons and a Texan got a little bloody getting bucked off his horse.  But what this was, was the “Lexington of Texas”.  It was when the good people of Texas would no longer take the gun grabbing tyrannical rule of Santa Anna and stood their ground.  Much like the Americans had done some 60 years earlier.

So what does this story mean today?

It is a story that reflects the wisdom that our Founding Fathers had in enumerating the right to keep and bear arms in our Bill of Rights.  They knew then, as history has proven time and again, that a government who wishes to control its citizens must disarm them and make them subject to governmental might, unable to defend themselves from the will of the rulers.

Gun Control leads to subjugation.  It is about control and will be used by those in power to keep others from opposing them.  It’s like the dystopian golden rule…those with the gold, make the rules.  Only in this case, if only those in power are armed, then they can make any rule they want. 

Never compromise on your gun rights.  Any time the government tries to infringe upon your right to keep and bear arms they are trying to control you a little more. 

To paraphrase the movie Braveheart in regards to compromise: Slaves are made in such ways.



Posted by on September 19, 2012 in Uncategorized


7 responses to “The Story of Gonzales and How It Relates to Today

  1. Gary Emch

    September 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I hope that I am not among the few but among the many who will stand up for our rights and freedoms. This corrupt Administration will never take away our arms. I hope that the majority will stand up and fight if the time comes.

  2. Jason R.B.

    September 19, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Gary, I will stand with you, and I’m bringing friends!

  3. BAK777

    September 19, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    How would our Gov. go about taking our guns ? I’m wondering if they really destroy all info permanently when we get an NICS check.

  4. Kliff Barner

    September 19, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    We can only hope more than a scattered handful of us will be willing to undertake the fight. But regardless of our numbers, I am committed to the Constitution and the 1st and 2nd Amendments. I think it would be better to die Free, than to live as a slave.

  5. Ken Sewall

    September 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Regarding ANY unconstitutional act of our government, including an attempt to disarm the American people. The Constitution is the Supreme law of the land. Any law written contrary to the Constitution is therefore null and void! My reference in the law books, specifically the “Sixteenth American Jurisprudence, Second Edition. section 177, Second Late Edition, Section 256”. “The general misconception is that any statute passed by legislators bearing the appearance of law constitutes the law of the land. The U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and any statute, to be valid, must be in agreement. It is impossible for both the Constitution and a law violating it to be valid; one must prevail. This is succinctly stated as follows: The general rule is that an unconstitutional statute, whether federal or state, though having the form and name of law, is in reality no law, but is wholly void, and ineffective for any purpose; since unconstitutionality dates from the time of its enactment, and not merely from the date of the decision so branding it, an unconstitutional law, in legal contemplation, is as inoperative as if it had never been passed. such a statute leaves the question that it purports to settle just as it would be had the statute not been enacted. No repeal of such an enactment is necessary. Since an unconstitutional law is void, the general principles follow that it imposes no duties, confers no rights, creates no office, bestows no power or authority on anyone, affords no protection, and justifies no acts performed under it… A void act cannot be legally consistent with a valid one. An unconstitutional law cannot operate to supersede any existing valid law. Indeed, in so far as a statute runs counter to the fundamental law of the land, it is superseded thereby. No one is bound to obey an unconstitutional law and no courts are bound to enforce it.

  6. Leonard Green

    September 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    The reply by Ken Sewell says it all !!

  7. chuck wright

    September 20, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Keep in mind that all of this was predicated on Santa Anna throwing out the Mexican Constitution of 1824 (thus the signifcance of those numbers on the Alamo battle flag) and establishing himself as a military dictator. Santa anna was the Sadaam Hussien of his era and usurped the rights of ALL mexican citizens. PS, prior to the spanish, the citizens of Mexico made no claims to land north of the Rio Grande either.


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