Come and Take It
Last month I visited the Texas State Capitol. There is a flag on display that says much about the history of Texas. It is a simple design with a straightforward message. With an outline of a cannon it says: "Come and Take It." The flag is an ancient replica of the flag that was flown over Gonzales, Texas in 1835. The Mexican government had demanded they return the cannon to their authority. Known as the Battle of Gonzales, it started the Texas Revolution, and Mexico did not get the cannon back.
I share this because when Texas state representative Briscoe Cain tweeted about Democrat presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke's pledge to take all AR-15 rifles from citizens, the representative said his “AR is ready." Hearing this I immediately thought of that flag in their state's capitol. Twitter, however called the representative's words a "violent threat" and removed the tweet.
Kudos to Representative Cain for giving a straightforward response that every patriot should be telling a government that is willing to sacrifice our liberties for their mistaken notions of what a safe society looks like.
BTW, it is not a violent threat to imply there might be trouble if the government comes to take what is yours. It is a strong challenge to prevent the violence being created by that government.