President Obama is reportedly “evaluating” a Democrat-sponsored bill that could effectively ban online sales of gun ammunition. The bill, filed Monday by a pair of blue state Democrats, would require reporting of bulk sales of ammunition to law enforcement. It would also require photo ID at the time of ammunition purchase. The Democratic sponsors, Sen. Frank Lautenberg of NJ and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy of NY, filed the bill in response to the mass shooting in Aurora, CO on July 20, 2012. The bill, if it became law, would represent an infringement on the Constitutionally-protected right to bear arms.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a longtime foe of the Obama administration who led the lawsuit challenging ObamaCare and is fighting to retain the state’s new voter ID law, reacted quickly to the news that the president will evaluate the anti-gun legislation. On Facebook, Abbott posted a link to a Huffington Post article about the bill, with this headline:
Pres. Obama may limit gun ammunition sales. Unbelievable. In Texas, we have a saying for that: COME & TAKE IT.
That line is a reference to an incident that happened in Gonzales, TX on October 2, 1835. Texas, then a part of Mexico, dared Mexican troops sent to retrieve a cannon loaned to the town for protection. The townspeople flew a flag adorned with a cannon and the words COME AND TAKE IT, and the ensuing clash marked the beginning of the Texas revolution.