molṑn labé -meaning ‘come and take them.’ This phrase has been trending on weapon/gun social media accounts lately, and we thought we’d take the time to explain it for those interested.
In the Battle of Thermopylae (480BC) the Persian Army had demanded that the Greeks surrender their weapons. King Leonidas responded to Xerxes (you know, from the movie 300) with this now iconic phrase. Just like the movie, the Spartans were defeated in this Battle. However, Leonidas and the Spartans stance did serve a greater purpose. Besides it being documented as a ‘moral victory’ for the Spartans, the Greeks were able to delay the Persians long enough for the city of Athens to evacuate and flee to a nearby island named Salamis. Later that same year the Greeks defeated the Persians in the Battle of Salamis. The following year the Persians once again attacked the Greeks, but soon found out that they were no match against the Spartans.
So why are we seeing this phrase now? Well, for starters it has continuously been used in our own history. It was a common phrase during the Texas Revolution. It is the motto for the U.S. SOCCENT (Special Operations Command Central) and it is also used by many of us pro Second Amendment activists.
What can we take away from this? That a bunch of warriors said something cool a long time ago? Well no, not quite. It goes much deeper than that. Our right to bear arms has been threatened since practically the beginning of time. The Supreme Court has seen close to 90 2nd Amendment cases in the last century and our right to bear arms has been questioned more frequently within the last decade. It IS our right to bear arms, but it is also our civil duty to make sure it stays that way. You don’t have to dedicate all of your time preaching to anyone that will listen, or try and run for office. But you can support your local pro gun organizations and/or the NRA. Every body counts and every person helps make a difference. This is our cause. This is our right.
Come and take them.