That's right, here in the wild, wild West, you have to carry concealed, with a permit that's kind of a pain in the ass to get as far as must-issue CHLs go. Never forget how long Texas was run by Democrats. Apparently, San Antonio itself has an ordinance against open carry of even rifles, but Chief McManus went on record that it would not be enforced at today's event. He's not dumb enough to try to violate two of the Bill of Rights at once. Since we aren't exactly swimming in spare cash at the moment, I had Erik drop me and Linda off a little ways away and we walked maybe three blocks to the Alamo.
Now, most of this post is going to be a picture dump. I'm curious how local media will report the event. The Associated Press is already making specious claims. To wit:
When the organizers of “Come and Take It San Antonio!” made plans for a display of long guns today, this setting seemed ideal but the event is now drawing attention for breaking a century-long tradition against public demonstrations at the shrine of Texas liberty, where Col. William Travis and 200 Texas defenders famously died in a siege with the Mexican army in 1836. Such public displays have usually been relegated to an adjacent plaza.This insinuates that the rally was held on Alamo grounds. And, well, that's stretching it. A lot.
Some are asking whether a pro-gun group has gone too far in extolling firearms rights, a feat considered near impossible in Texas. And whether a politician may have been too willing to accommodate them.
Here's the satellite view of the area in Google Maps, including the Alamo itself:
You can see in this photo that there were indeed some folks on the sidewalk in front of the Alamo. Most of the people further in were, y'know, tourists, and the demonstrators were all being very careful to not block their way.
Anyway, on to the rest of the photos:
Here's their website.
Battle of Gonzales was the opening battle of the Texas revolution, in which a Mexican army detachment tried to take back a cannon they had given settlers. Settlers drew a picture of the cannon on a sheet and wrote those words underneath it. For obvious reasons, it's a pretty common pro-2A slogan here in Texas, and variants of the flag printed with images of modern rifles, especially evil black rifles, are pretty common.
As I said on Facebook, this rally actually seemed more diverse than the Marriage Equality rally. About half the people were obviously white; a significant proportion were Mexican, a handful were black, at least two were Native American, and the bulk of the rest were what I call Texans of Questionable Ethnicity (like the lady above). These are folks who could be white or Latino or American Indian or some mix of all of three. Also, there were a fair amount of disabled folks--wheelchairs, canes, braces-and-crutches combo in one case. The dog you can see in my picture of the Alamo looked to be a service dog of some sort. (I saw three dogs: that one, one on a leash, and a purse dog.)
here. The only part of it I felt a little silly was this:
This event is not a field training..... And showing up in multi-cams,LBVs,PCs does nothing more than reinforce the stereotype that we are pushing against..... If you want to dress up in full battle rattle, join a local militia group and attend the FTX's...However, very few people were in camo of any type. This is Texas, there were a lot more Western outfits. But no few of the people were kind of obviously ex-military, made obvious by the backpacks and hats.
This is the Confederate war memorial in the middle of Travis park. I just thought this was a neat picture.
Naturally, every attendee was polite, not just to one another but to random folks they encountered. Public reaction was mostly puzzled rather than either positive or negative, but one gal in an electric wheelchair did join in as we were headed to Travis Park, I think just for the fun of it.