Defining “Keep and Bear Arms” in the 21st Century

“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15” – Beto O’Rourke, September 12, 2019

Coming from a native son of Texas, O’Rourke’s statement reflects just how much some parts of Texas have changed. Only a few years ago, before the political map of Texas became dappled with a critical mass of blue and purple districts, such a remark would have been unthinkable.

In 1835, Texans fought the Battle of Gonzales, where the local militia in that town refused to give back a cannon to the Mexican authorities. “Come And Take It,” sewn onto a battle flag by these Texas rebels, is the phrase that launched the Texas Revolution.

“Come and Take It” is now embedded in Texas history and culture. It is a defining element of their heritage. In the original Constitution of the Republic of Texas, written in 1836, the Fourteenth Article in their Declaration of Rights reads as follows: “Every citizen shall have the right to bear arms in defence of himself and the Republic. The military shall at all times and in all cases be subordinate to the civil power.”

But today, in the 21st century, we must ask ourselves: come and take what?

Congressman O’Rourke claims that weapons like the AR 15 should be excluded from 2nd Amendment protections because “the high-impact, high-velocity round, when it hits your body, shreds everything inside of your body because it was designed to do that so that you would bleed to death on a battlefield.”

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