In an inspiring indication that freedom is still somewhat alive in America, a large gathering of gun rights advocates staged a peaceful open carry rally and march outside the steps of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas, today.

1174969_585698118143672_1220257304_nThe “Come and Take It San Antonio!” rally, organized by a coalition of gun rights groups, brought together young and old, and people from all walks of life to “draw a line in the sand at the Alamo,” the famed fort of Texas lore representing the battle between Mexican general Santa Anna’s army and the Texian forces who fought valiantly, but ultimately lost as they were drastically outnumbered.

In the spirit of those brave souls, gun owners took up their long arms today (open carry of standard pistols is prohibited throughout Texas) and marched, not only to exercise the rights to free speech and assembly, and the rights to self defense and gun ownership, but to contest what one digital flyer identified as the “San Antonio Police Department policy of harassing law abiding citizens and gun owners.”

“We can not stand by any longer in silence,” the flyer states. “They have been left unchecked too long. Oct 19th we will stand under weight of arms and declare: ‘THIS IS OUR LINE IN THE SAND!” We will stand as free men and women. And we will take back the right that Chief McManus believes he can revoke. Our right to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED!”

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