A slightly more than one minute long commercial citing Texas history has been banned from the airwaves. “Come and Take It” by Steve Vaus and OurGuns.org, points to a time in history when people living in the town of Gonzales Texas refused to be disarmed.
In 1835 the president of Mexico, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, appointed himself dictator and ordered the Mexican military to disarm Texans whenever possible. Included in his disarmament attempt was the recall of a cannon the Mexican government had given a few years before to the town of Gonzales.
In response, Joseph Clements, a Gonzales town official declared,
I cannot, nor do I desire to deliver up the cannon…We are weak and few in number, nevertheless we are contending for what we believe to be just principles.”
And instead of retrieving the cannon, the Mexicans were met with the first artillery shot, which began the battle for Texas Independence. The first shot the Gonzales “Come and Take It” Cannon fired on October 2, 1835 resulted in, nearly two years later, the formation of the Republic of Texas and the annexation of land to the United States government.
Texans made a flag to show their defiance. Supposedly designed by Sarah Seely DeWitt and her daughter, Evaline, it was made from the material of Noami DeWitt’s wedding dress. The white flag depicted a cannon painted in black, under which read, “Come and Take It.” The “Come and Take it Flag” became the symbol of the Texas Revolution.
The commercial uses part of a song written and sung by Steve Vaus, a well-known musician and Grammy and Emmy winner. Vaus has worked with major music stars and written music for television shows, movies, sports teams, the America’s Cup, the Olympics and the Navy’s Blue Angels. He also performs nationwide giving his testimony related to his father’s conversion to Christianity and friendship with evangelist Billy Graham.
Vaus’s father was a convicted felon and syndicated crime boss (about whom a movie was made, Wiretapper) who became a Christian after hearing Billy Graham speak at a revival. Vaus’s father’s message of hope and salvation influenced his interest in performing music that focuses on spiritual revival, and the principles of freedom and liberty imbedded in the U.S. Constitution.
In his full song, “Come and Take It’, which can be purchased on iTunes, Vaus sings:
I know the Constitution gives me certain rights that I will never ever give up– at least not without a fight. So if anybody’s even thinkin’ they’re gonna take my guns away, like the good ol’ boys in Gonzales, I got one thing to say: Come on, make my day. Come and take it if you want it. Come and take it if you think you can. Come and take it but I warn you, you’ll have to pry it from my cold dead hands.”
September 29, 2015