The Gadsden Flag was our first national battle flag, and for awhile it was our fist national ensign. A variation of it flew from the few Continental Navy ships that dared to challenge His Majesty’s fleet on the high seas, and it was also the first flag of the Marine Corps. It has a unique and important niche in the pantheon of American imagery.

The imagery of the Gadsden said it all for the Founders, philosophically and rhetorically. The rattlesnake was indigenous to the colonies and was uniquely American in nature. Like the rattlesnake, the colonists desired peace and to be left alone. The vipers intimidating and distinct rattlers served as  an unmistakable warning to any who threatened it or intruded on its territory. The caption, “Don’t Tread On Me” was also clear. Leave us in peace, but the warning implicit to those who molested the snake was clear.

The Founders saw themselves very much like the rattlesnake. Desirous of peace, hard to provoke, and giving fair warning to those that threatened it to prevent violence, but capable of swift and deadly action if their warnings were ignored.

The Gadsden’s historical imagery and clear message was why it became so popular with the Tea Party Patriots and Americans who remember our heritage in 2009, and why it remains so to this day. One of my favorite signs seen at the Tea Party protests was one that said “We came unarmed, this time.” That message is also unambiguous and clear, and one that the statist elites ignore at their own peril.

Now we again face the threat of massive  infringements on our Civil Liberties as the statists once again seek to exploit a national tragedy to advance their agenda of governmental control. The unprecedented run on militia firearms should serve as a warning as clear to them as the rattles of the Gadsden snake do. People are not buying these rifles so they can be grandfathered in, they’re buying them because they are waking up and realizing the gravity of the situation and the frightening prospect of the elites true intentions. They are rediscovering the history that the statists want to “transform”.

If they continue on the path of tyranny that they are advocating, our dear Gadsden Flag will be replaced by this one.

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By LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E.

Former USMC infantryman, proud father of a current USMC infantryman and two Princesses who know what that means. Currently an NRA law enforcement firearms instructor, radar instructor, CPR instructor, a few others but you get the point. Catholic, conservative, heterosexual, gun owner, anything I can do to piss off liberals.

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Orion
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January 7, 2013 20:19

I’m sure you’ve seen that the President is considering using an Executive Order to reclassify all semi-automatic firearms as Class-2 firearms, which would be a de facto seizure. As I’ve said before, there’s a lot of folks already on the line, just waiting for things to get started. I’ve also noticed a shift in a lot of blogs/articles/posts from ‘if… Read more »

Orion
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January 7, 2013 20:35

Indeed, Sir Crunchie – such was my point.

Especially as my singing sucks. ;-P

Orion

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952
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January 7, 2013 21:12

I attract rotten vegetables.

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952
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January 7, 2013 21:34

Here in Kalifornia gun shows are packed And good luck finding ammo….I dealt with this possibility a long time ago…. It’s there, depends on what you want though…and where….living in the sticks does have certain advantages. Yet I still notice many coasties oblivious to all this, secure in their prosperity,intellect and position, living in upscale neighborhoods. I don’t say a… Read more »

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
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January 7, 2013 22:12

I like that flag…..

here are some more flags from our first revolution to inspire you. ,

hell….it might be fun to take a crack to modernizing one of these myself.

SoCalOilMan, K.o.E.
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January 7, 2013 22:36

Cave,

did you see the turnout at the Crossroads show in Orange County over the weekend, they had over 6000 people the first day (a record). Not all of the coasties are unaware of what’s happening.

LC Old Dog
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January 7, 2013 23:53

I got lucky and found 5.56 on Lucky Gunner tonight. Before I finished with my order they went to zero on hand.

But I got mine! :em01:

readerjp
readerjp
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January 8, 2013 00:56

If the Constitution’s Second Amendment says every citizen has the right to be armed, how come here in NY owning a gun is a crime? Unless you’re one of the privileged few.

HempRopeAndStreetlight
HempRopeAndStreetlight
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January 8, 2013 01:15

Now, If that ain’t fine art, then I don’t know what is. On a tangent, where is His Wickedness the Emperor? I get nervous when he goes all missing… and I start hearing things like this: http://www.bob-owens.com/2013/01/a-bad-few-days-for-the-shooting-culture/ The Emperor, Barnhardt, Denninger, Tyler Durden, and Vanderboegh are my “canaries in a coal-mine.” If any of them turn up missing, I start… Read more »

LC LOBO
LC LOBO
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January 8, 2013 01:32

HempRopeAndStreetlight @ #:
I’ve noticed that people who piss off ear leader develop a “Chicago headache”…… Much like the old boy who OD’d on aspirin. :em03:

readerjp
readerjp
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January 8, 2013 02:02

OT – but has everyone heard that Al Gore sold his liberal TV station (which couldn’t make a profit) for $500 MILLION to Al Jazeera, thus bringing it to America?

What a hypocrite.

angrywebmaster
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January 8, 2013 06:44

There are a lot of forums out there on how ACW2 might be fought. One thinks Beirut style. I tend to think of a variation of John Ross’s idea in “Unintended Consequences“.
:em06:

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952
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January 8, 2013 10:03

SoCalOilMan, K.o.E. @ #: Excellent, SoCal…..excellent! The word spreads, even now. Here in Dog Patch, it’s simply a way of life. I was trimming my hedge, my neighbor invited me over to see his new handgun, a .40,, with a laser. I checked it’s condition, then aimed it at the side of my house seeing how much the laser moved.… Read more »

BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
BigDogg - Imperial Thread Killer (ITK)
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January 8, 2013 10:45

I’m sure that many on this site already realize it, but for those that haven’t yet caught it … There are a good many works of “speculative fiction” – such as Bracken’s “What I Saw at the Coup” – that provide very informative “plans” for how guerilla operations could be effectively conducted. Centralized operations of the type that a tyrannical… Read more »

LC Draco
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January 8, 2013 10:57

Caveman82952….Lasers on weapons are kind of a two edged sword. If you practice A LOT with them then you know that the laser only comes on at the last second on the target. The other side is that lasers are like tracers, they give away your position. The only weapon I have with a laser (green btw) is one of… Read more »

LC Sir Clambake, Imperial Black Ops Technician, K.o.E.
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January 8, 2013 13:16

readerjp says: If the Constitution’s Second Amendment says every citizen has the right to be armed, how come here in NY owning a gun is a crime? Unless you’re one of the privileged few. Because they, as with the feds, are acting UN-Constitutionally. Every gun control law ever written is against that founding documents intent. LC HJ Caveman82952 @ #… Read more »

Mattexian
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January 8, 2013 13:34

Dammit, RR, I could hear my own brain cells screaming out in agony as I read thru that sh$%! I’m all for peace, love and harmony, but even the Dalai Lama recognizes, if someone is coming to kill you and you have a gun, you should kill them first. Kinda funny that it parallels the Old Testament, where it says,… Read more »

LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
LC Sir Rurik, K.o.E.
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January 8, 2013 16:45

HempRopeAndStreetlight @ #13:
LC LOBO @ #:14
Also watch out for cases of Infectious Breitbart’s Disease.
It was just reported that a lottery winner in Chicago just died of cyanide. Wonder who might have been his heir. :em03:

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches
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January 8, 2013 16:53

Orion @ #: My favorite to date is the plan I read where they thought to cut off the power and water to the cities, cut their food supplies via dropping bridges, and simply exterminating the ‘elected’ officials and the party power-brokers who install them Yeah, except that will also necessitate the mass starvation of millions of citizens, and everyone… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches
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January 8, 2013 17:00

LC 0311 Sir Crunchie I.M.H., K.o.E. @ #: it will be small unit strikes on high value targets, especially politicians and their staffs, and critical infrastructure. Targeting the lead personalities, such as any representative who votes for an infringement, or any politician or bureaucrat who supports or implements an executive order doing so will pay the most dividends. Their staff… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches
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January 8, 2013 17:05

readerjp @ #: If the Constitution’s Second Amendment says every citizen has the right to be armed, how come here in NY owning a gun is a crime? It isn’t. Sure, TPTB will tell you that it is, and so long as enough people go along with that, that will hold up. TPTB know that pretty much no one is… Read more »

LC Spare Parts
LC Spare Parts
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January 8, 2013 17:37

Anybody who thinks they can get anywhere near the despots who really wield the powers of State in this country are dreaming their last. This administration wants a public reaction to his diktat so he can do to Us sooner what he was willing to wait for. We have ALL the risk and he has none! All I have left… Read more »

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
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January 8, 2013 17:53

WHERE IS THE BOSS?????????????????

LC Xystus
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January 8, 2013 17:57

Jaybear, Col., IAA@9.

Vexillology can fascinate–maybe partly (in my case) because it relates to heraldry. I’ve managed to acquire a few old-style American flags available for use in our (hypothetical) unit(s), though someone else may need to provide the staffs.

taran1900
taran1900
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January 8, 2013 18:01

Just seen on Drudge: CUOMO TO ANNOUNCE SWEEPING GUN CONTROL LAWS My response to this here in Texas: You go Cuomo! Let the voters there get what they voted for there. Expect some immigration from states like Texas from those that don’t like to follow laws against things like rape, robbery and murder. It’s a lot easier to rape and… Read more »

angrywebmaster
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January 8, 2013 18:12
The Irish Dragon
The Irish Dragon
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January 8, 2013 19:14

I highly doubt Petraeus would side with the insurrection. For damned sure McChrystal won’t. I detested that fucker when he put the Afghans’ feelings over our guys’ lives back in ’09. I hold him personally responsible for our losses at Ganjgal and after. And today he went on TV espousing gun control. Fuck him.

Lockpick
Lockpick
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January 8, 2013 20:13

Molon Labe!

I am putting the finishing touches on the upgrades to my Mosin, Santa brought me a nice scope, pistol grip, butt pad and other upgrades for Christmas. It is a nice little setup for varmint hunting.

Mattexian
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January 8, 2013 20:59

The Irish Dragon says:

I highly doubt Petraeus would side with the insurrection. For damned sure McChrystal won’t.

Keep in mind that after Virginia seceded in ’61, Lee was offered command of the Union army, before he turned that down to return to his home state and being offered command of their army.

sablegsd
sablegsd
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January 8, 2013 21:19

LC cmblake6, Imperial Black Ops Technician @ #:
Pneumonia complications are very common in the elderly, no matter where they reside.

Jaybear, Colonel of Imperial Ancient Artillery
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January 8, 2013 23:07

taran1900 says: My response to this here in Texas: You go Cuomo! Let the voters there get what they voted for there. Expect some immigration from states like Texas from those that don’t like to follow laws against things like rape, robbery and murder. It’s a lot easier to rape and pillage defenseless people. to hell with them, let them… Read more »

HempRopeAndStreetlight
HempRopeAndStreetlight
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January 9, 2013 00:48

Iowa now has politicians jumping on the bandwagon:

http://www.dethguild.com/now-iowa-ghouls-lining-up-to-feed-on-the-dead-children/

The take-down of that idiot political hack by a LEO was classic. I pray to god we have more like “Officer Friendly” on our side than serving Sauron.

LC Light29ID
LC Light29ID
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January 9, 2013 10:33

From the movie the Final Option:

Terrorist #1: They’re coming in, what are we gonna do?
Judy Davis: You shut up
Terrorist #1: WHEN DO WE START SHOOTING???
Terrorist #2: When you see something to shoot at now get out!

I think you all see my question…

LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
LC&IB Vulcanrider, MSgt, USAF, Ret
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January 9, 2013 11:19

LC cmblake6, Imperial Black Ops Technician @ #:
The same way I almost did since I just got out of the hospital for community acquired pneumonia. According to the docs in the ER, it’s not just the flu going around Florida right now. And I don’t fall into the elderly category, I’m 54…

LC Gladiator
LC Gladiator
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January 9, 2013 12:31

WHITE HOUSE THREATENS ‘EXECUTIVE ORDERS’ ON GUNS “The president is going to act,” said Biden, giving some comments to the press before a meeting with victims of gun violence. “There are executives orders, there’s executive action that can be taken. We haven’t decided what that is yet. But we’re compiling it all with the help of the attorney general and… Read more »

LC LOBO
LC LOBO
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January 9, 2013 12:43

LC Light29ID @ #:
Yup. I’ve been asking it for far too long.

LC Gladiator @ #:
And that will be the opening salvo in CW2.0.

Bitter Clinger
Bitter Clinger
Member
January 9, 2013 13:58

LC Gladiator says:

But I’m convinced we can affect the well-being of millions of Americans and take thousands of people out of harm’s way if we act responsibly.”

Fixed it for ya.

LC HJ Caveman82952
LC HJ Caveman82952
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January 10, 2013 13:42

Along with our economy crashing.

Mark12A
Mark12A
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January 10, 2013 14:03

One of Matt Bracken’s more interesting thematic elements was the systematic targeting of media drones. Make them a target and the quality of their journalistic neutrality seemed to change…

Damn. Clicked on the wrong quote, but you all are sharp enough to figure it out.

Mattexian
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January 10, 2013 15:56

Mark12A says: One of Matt Bracken’s more interesting thematic elements was the systematic targeting of media drones. Make them a target and the quality of their journalistic neutrality seemed to change… As Mike Vandebourgh’s pointed out, under the clinton rules of engagement in Bosnia, the media was a legitimate military target, and their professional kinsmen here did NOTHIING except cheer… Read more »

Fa Cube Itches
Fa Cube Itches
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January 10, 2013 17:11

Mark12A @ #:

the systematic targeting of media drones. Make them a target and the quality of their journalistic neutrality seemed to change…

That’s what I’ve been saying all along.
-Vlad Putin

LC Draco
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January 11, 2013 16:08

LC Light29ID says: From the movie the Final Option: Terrorist #1: They’re coming in, what are we gonna do? Judy Davis: You shut up Terrorist #1: WHEN DO WE START SHOOTING??? Terrorist #2: When you see something to shoot at now get out! I think you all see my question… I have been trying to find a DVD copy of… Read more »