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Come and take it!

As a born and raised Texan, Second Amendment Advocate, and Firearms Instructor, the phrase “Come and Take It” is very important to me. What does it mean? In today’s current political climate we support the second amendment. Advocates cling to the interpretation that it means “leave my firearms alone” to anyone who threatens our rights as Americans to bear arms and protect ourselves from criminals and tyranny!  That is exactly how this term came to be as it was written on a flag that flew above a cannon that protected Fort Gonzales here in the great State of Texas. In 1835 the Texians who lived in Fort Gonzales began to rebel against the Mexican Government after one of their own was beaten by a Mexican soldier. When the Mexican Government wanted their cannon back, Fort Gonzales responded by saying “Come and Take It”. A flag was flown above the cannon with a Star,a cannon, and the simple phrase “Come and Take It”. When the Mexican Army tried to confiscate the cannon on October 2, 1835 they were met with a large resistance force and the very cannon that they came to take. Today we face a similar over reach by politicians who threaten our second amendment rights to defend our family and loved ones.  They falsely claim that their intentions are not to take away our rights, but to protect helpless Americans from mass shooter violence. They use alot of statistics and examples that are franklity a lie.  But don’t take my word on it, look them up for yourself. Don’t fall victim to the socialist leaning politicians, instead do your homework and vote them out. As our fellow Texans did in 1835, let’s stand up for what is right and protect our constitutional rights from these pro gun-control politicians by voting them out of office. Do this so that we don’t have to defend ourselves like they did at Fort Gonzales. Click on the link below for a more in-depth article about Fort Gonzales and the Come and Take It Flag.

https://ammo.com/articles/gonzales-flag-battle-of-gonzales

Texas First Responder Carry Course

On September 1, 2021 HB No. 1069 became effective. HB No. 1069, will allow first responders in Texas who meet certain criteria to carry a handgun while on duty and in places normally prohibited by license to carry holders. This law was introduced and passed because of the growing violence against first responders, especially in rural areas where there is an increased response time by law enforcement. H.B. 1069 allows first responders in counties and municipalities with smaller populations to defend themselves. Certain first responders that have a Texas License to Carry, obtain personal liability insurance and specific training by certified instructors can carry while on duty. First Responders may not carry on duty if in a municipality that has adopted an ordinance, order, or other measure that generally prohibits a first responder from carrying on duty unless the first responder works for a municipality with a population of 30,000 or less and a county with population of 250,000 or less as defined by Section 179.002 occupation code.

In September of this year (2022) Train Protect Defend Owner and primary instructor attended the newly developed instructor training. He was one of the approximately 72 instructors in the State of Texas to be certified to teach the first responder carry course. This course is 28 hours over three days.  This very informative class includes but is not limited to Instinctive or reactive shooting, tactical shooting, shooting while moving, and shooting in low light conditions.

Volunteers or other responders that do not meet the previously mentioned definitions of a first responder as defined by Section 773.003, Health and Safety Code and Section 419.021, Government Code, will not receive a certificate but will benefit greatly from taking this course.

Our first class for this new course will be in January. Please click here to register. If you want to learn more about this course and see if it’s right for you, email us at info@trainprotectdefend.com.

Elisjsha Dicken

Maybe Guns Aren’t the Problem, Maybe They’re the Solution.

Maybe Guns Aren’t the Problem, Maybe They’re the Solution.

What we are conditioned to believe is that guns are the highest cause of death and that we need to improve gun laws to improve the safety of our people. The only thing gun laws are keeping away is guns for lawful citizens. Criminals will and always will get access to weapons because they do not listen to the laws. So you take guns away from law abiding citizens and you get a situation where you cannot protect yourself when someone who doesnt care about the law uses a weapon unrightfully so. 

A 22 year old man,Elisjsha Dicken, was put into this situation in Indiana. He was viewed as a hero for saving countless lives during a shooting in a mall 15 miles south of Indianapolis. Within two minutes of the shots being fired by the shooter, Dicken was able to take down the threat with the legal firearm he was carrying. So hypothetically speaking, say we take away gun rights and add strict laws to prevent Dicken,for example, from having one. Imagine the lives lost because no one was able to prevent the shooting from going any further. If there is no way to prevent criminals from carrying weapons (because they don’t listen to the law) then why are we trying to take them away from those who can protect themselves and others around them. Dickens was put into a situation where cops were not around to protect him so he was left to protect himself and those around him because he was a law abiding citizen who supports the 2nd amendment of being able to bear arms freely. 

At the end of the day the person shooting the gun with evil intentions is the problem, not the weapon. Take away guns and people will still find a way to cause harm to others. This incident could have been alot worse if our right to bear arms was not there. For more information about the shooting in Indiana click on the link here:

What We Know About The Heroic 22-Year-Old Man Who Stopped A Mass Shooting In Indiana