By Tom Wright | Thursday, March 2nd, 2006 at 4:24 pm
In September 1835, Santa Anna sent his brother-in-law, General Martin Perfecto de Cos, to Texas to confiscate the inhabitants’ arms and to arrest Santa Anna’s political opponents. Like the Americans in 1775 who demanded their English common-law rights, the Texans of 1835 demanded their rights under the Mexican Constitution of 1824. Texans realized these rights could be protected only by an armed populace.
Sam Houston, commander of the Texas citizens army, urged the North Americans:
Let each man come with a good rifle and one hundred rounds of ammunitionâ€”and…come soon.
Our war cry is ‘LIBERTY OR DEATH.’
On March 2, 1836, the Texas Declaration of Independence was adopted. That document charges Santa Anna’s government:
It has demanded us to deliver up our arms, which are essential to our defenseâ€”the rightful property of freemenâ€”and formidable only to a tyrannical government.
On March 9, a Declaration of Rights was adopted. Article 14 declared:
Every citizen shall have the right to bear arms in defense of himself and the Republic.
This statement, inspired by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, known as the American Bill of Rights, was an interpretation of what the Texans understood that American right to be.
Now, as in 1836, there are those who would deprive Texans, indeed all Americans, of this most basic right of free men. All other rights flow from this one. Without the means to resist oppression, none of our rights can be guaranteed.
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