It’s a theme familiar to students of American history – a group of single-minded Texans taking a stand at the Alamo. But a gathering on Saturday at one of the country’s most symbolic national monuments has its roots in an altogether more modern fight: the right of citizens to openly carry firearms, against growing calls for more restrictive gun laws.
Organisers of the rally, which is named “Come and Take It San Antonio”, have chosen the site of the famous 1836 showdown for a reason. The battered but preserved stone church is where Colonel William Barret Travis and about 200 members of the Texian Army held out for almost two weeks before the vastly superior numbers of Mexican forces overwhelmed them.
“We’re doing this to show that we’re not going to back down,” said Victoria Montgomery, a spokesperson for Open Carry Texas, one of the pro-gun groups behind the protest. “We are going to fight for our rights, and it’s not OK for police to just say whatever they want and make up the rules as they go along.”
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