Infowars founder Alex Jones appeared at the pro-gun rally at the Alamo on Saturday to proclaim “tyrants with badges” are against open carry because they want to “disarm the slaves.”
A thousand activists carried rifles and shotguns at “Come and Take It San Antonio!” for the right to open carry firearms in the city of San Antonio. The demonstration broke a century-long tradition of keeping the site sacrosanct from such events.
“I’ll tell you, I’m not different from my ancestors, and you’re no different from your ancestors,” Jones told the crowd. “My ancestors on both sides of my family started the Texas revolution, and I’m here to tell you that that revolution was a continuation of human beings fighting against bullies and tyrants in every civilization throughout history, and this is the struggle of the individual.”
“We’re not running and we’re not backing down,” Jones shouted. “If you want them come and take them.”
Jones said he thinks the men who fought at the Alamo, where, in 1836, 200 members of the Texian Army held out despite being vastly outnumbered by Mexican forces, would applaud activists today. The battle is a symbol of fighting for freedom despite all odds being against it.
“If the people who died here can see us, and I believe they can, I promise you they’d be proud of each and every one of you,” he continued. “We’re not going to lay down if you offensively attack us. If it’s a war they want, it’s a war they’ll get.”
He said the fight to keep and carry firearms is a fight against slavery.
Members of the Australian Women’s National Soccer team who came to visit the Alamo called the event something that occurs “only in America. It’s surreal. You only see this in the movies.”
Mark Roberts, from London, Ontario, who visited the historic site with his wife, told Raw Story “[w]e’re not used to seeing guns carried openly in Canada, so that was almost like a culture shock.”
“I didn’t like it at all because you don’t know who you’re dealing with. You don’t know who these people are,” said Roberts’ wife.