The City of Gonzales says its people first weighed in on gun control in 1835. This week, they had another say: “Come and Take It.”
Those words were uttered when Santa Anna’s Mexican Army wanted to seize the town’s cannon. It still sits in Gonzales.
The 2013 revival of the phrase is a proactive response to the United States government, should lawmakers in Washington decide to make changes to the Constitution – specifically the Second, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth Amendments.
Tuesday, city council members instructed all agencies to “refuse requests or directives by federal agencies acting under unconstitutional powers enumerated” in the resolution.
“The feedback we have received has all been positive so far”, City Manager Allen Barnes said. “Our meeting last night had a full house and when the resolution was read in its entirety, those in attendance applauded.”
Earlier this month, the police chief in Waelder, which is in Gonzales County, put out word to residents that it would not confiscate their firearms.
“It’s just kind of a reassurance that, no we all took oaths to uphold and defend the United States Constitution and that’s what we are going to do,” Chief Jim Taylor said.
President Barack Obama is currently pushing for gun law reforms. He has said he believes the Second Amendment guarantees the right to bear arms, but has suggested:
- requiring background checks for all gun sales
- a new, stronger ban on assault weapons
- limiting ammunition magazines to ten rounds
Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden said during an online town hall a shotgun would be better for home protection than high-capacity or semi-automatic weapons.
"I said, Jill, if there's ever a problem just walk out on the balcony here ... put that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house," Biden said.