Gun rights rally to break long Alamo tradition


by Andrew Delgado /

Posted on October 19, 2013 at 11:38 AM

SAN ANTONIO -- If you notice people with guns out in front of the Alamo Saturday -- don't worry, it's not 1836 -- it's part of a rally in support of the 2nd Amendment: the right to bear arms.

The demonstration is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of the historic mission. Hundreds of gun-toting activists are expected to show up armed and proud.

The rally is being led by the Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas, Jerry Patterson. Patterson is currently campaigning for lieutenant governor.

On Friday, a group of Mexican Native Americans protested the gun rally.

"We do not believe that a show of force by armed troops -- by any person running for office -- should be spring-boarded off of the graves of our ancestors," Ronald Rochoa with the National Charro Federation said.

Representatives federation said they support the right to bear arms, but don't think the Alamo is the proper venue to stage a protest. Some members even want Patterson removed from office.

The event was named "Come and Take It San Antonio!" -- a salute to the famous battle cry coined during the Battle of Gonzales, at the start of the Texas Revolution in 1835.

Although the demonstration promises to be peaceful and is open to people of all ages -- both armed and unarmed -- an obvious police presence is expected to be in attendance Saturday.

According to Texas law, this type of rally isn't illegal, as long as the weapons are not loaded.

In a similar demonstration at a local Starbucks back in August, however, two men were charged with disorderly conduct for carrying their rifles.

San Antonio police Chief William McManus explained that the gun holder can still be charged with disorderly conduct if anyone, at any point, feels threatened by the weapon.

"It's a disorderly offense that officers will address accordingly," McManus said.

San Antonians will have to wait and see how the demonstration plays out in one of the most gun-friendly states in America -- and in front of a shrine that symbolizes the resolve Texans have to defend their rights, no matter the cost.

Johnny Cash may have said, "Don't take your guns to town;" but as the song goes, some people just can't resist the urge to stand their ground with steel.