[Ed. – Dudes. Leonidas = the father of us all. Your history so broke even a Star Trek magic plot device couldn’t fix it. Emphasis in original.]
On NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday, John Burnett hyped the objections of a few residents of Gonzales, Texas to gun rights backers’ use of the town’s slogan from the Texas Revolution. Burnett played up how “some Gonzalians are taken aback to see that Second Amendment activists have appropriated ‘Come and Take It,’ and substituted an assault rifle for their hallowed cannon.” However, he failed to explain that the slogan has its roots in the reply of a king from ancient Greece, who rebuked an enemy’s demand to disarm.
Burnett led his report with a brief historical summary of the Battle of Gonzales: “In 1835, colonists living in what was then northern Mexico…had a small brass cannon on loan from the Mexican army. But the Texans of Gonzales had grown rebellious; so a Mexican commander…sent soldiers to take back the cannon. The response: the men of Gonzales fired the little cannon…[and] raised a flag…with a lone star, the image of the cannon, and the words ‘Come and Take It.’”
John Daniel Davidson of The Federalist blog pointed out in a Monday item that “the Texian settlers had ‘grown restive’ because Mexican President Antonio López de Santa Anna had overturned the 1824 constitution of the Republic of Mexico, dismissed state legislatures, and disbanded militias….All this goes unmentioned in NPR’s telling.” Davidson also underlined that the Texians’ slogan is “a quote from King Leonidas I…In 480 BC, during the second Persian invasion of Greece, Leonidas replied to Xerxes’s demand that the Greeks surrender their arms, ‘molon labe‘—come and take them”…