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.50 Caliber "Come And Take It!" Flag

April 9, 2002

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See Also: History of the "Come And Take It" Flag

Armed resistance to gun confiscation is timeless. This 167 year old flag -- now modernized with contemporary artillery -- presided over the first shot of the Texas Revolution, when Mexican tyrant Santa Anna sent troops to confiscate a cannon.

The flag is a 3'x5' white nylon flag with a screen printed black single-reverse image (the image is reverse on the back side), with a canvas duck header and 2 grommets, suitable for outdoor use. I'm taking orders now to ship at the end of April.

To order, send a check for $33.00 plus $4.00 shipping (USPS Priority Mail with delivery confirmation), plus 6.75% sales tax if you are in Texas, to: Battle Flags, Etc.; 1141 Metzger Road; Fredericksburg, Texas 78624. You may also use PayPal, by sending the money to I prefer checks, but accept PayPal.

For $50.00, plus $4.00 shipping and 6.75% Texas sales tax if you are in Texas, you will receive the flag plus a photograph of a monument at the Line of the Minutemen featuring a quote from Captain Parker, who said: "Stand your ground. Don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here." April 19, 1775.

The Come And Take It flag serves three major purposes:

1. To prompt people to examine gun control from a historical perspective, so they can see from the past that gun control has been the work of tyrants, and those resisting gun control were standing for liberty;

2. To provide the pro-gun community with a symbol encouraging them to fight in the face of overwhelming odds, and more importantly, to never compromise the Second Amendment;

3. To warn those promoting gun control, that they are walking in the footsteps of tyrants, and that we cannot acquesce to their destruction of our rights and liberty.

The 1835 version of the Come And Take It flag depicts an artillery weapon that was current military ordinance back in 1835 (at least it was a diminutive version of then-modern cannons). But, the California legislative assembly, the federal government, and other government bodies are not coming to take our breechloading, black powder, smoothbore fieldpiece. They are coming to take modern artillery--the .50 BMG. Therefore, to more accurately depict the struggle over .50 BMGs, we replaced the 1835 cannon with a modern cannon, a .50 BMG rifle.

With a historical flag representing our cause, it should witness that we who fight those who would disarm us are not extreme or radical, we are merely walking in the footsteps and in the well-beaten paths first trod by our forefathers. Our historic flag declares our historic cause.

Now, with an updated flag, no one can say the flag is only about a struggle between Santa Anna's thugs and Texans 167 years ago in the far away and distant past that offers no bearing today and has no relevance in today's struggle over .50 BMGs.

Now, anyone who sees the flag will consider that history is repeating itself today, and that those in power are aligned with tyrants of old -- Santa Anna, King George III -- that gun control is nothing new and is nothing more than the schemes of evil men working to subject the good and the innocent to tyranny and servitude. And perhaps, when people see the flag, they will choose the side of those resisting the marching thugs, and will take their place in that long line of patriots, minutemen, and freedom-fighters who have stood against wrong for hundreds of years.

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