TEXAS CONSTITUTIONAL MILITIA
Road, Suite 112
San Antonio, Texas 78216
September 28, 1994
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Info: Bill Utterback (210)525-0693
STATEWIDE MILITIA MUSTER AND PATRIOT RALLY AT THE ALAMO ON NOVEMBER 12,
San Antonio, Texas, September 28, 1994 -- Bill Utterback,
Coordinator for units of the Southern Region of the Texas Constitutional
Militia and project coordinator for the Alamo Rally today announced the first
statewide militia muster to be held in Texas since 1836. At noon on November
12, 1994, volunteers from Texas Constitutional Militia units across the state
will muster at a patriot rally open to all American patriots.
Under the slogan, 'In 1836 a messenger rode from the Alamo for help -- in
1994 a messenger rode to the Alamo for help', a five day Freedom Ride from
Cuero, Texas to San Antonio, Texas by a militia unit will terminate at the
Alamo with a messenger bringing a Statement of Grievances for presentation
to the government. John Hamilton, Commander of the De Witt County Volunteers
unit of the Texas Constitutional Militia and federal congressional candidate,
will be that messenger. The route of the Freedom Ride passes through
Gonzales, Texas, where the first shot of the Texas Revolution was fired on
October 2, 1835. At that time the Mexican Army demanded the return of a cannon
in the possession of the Texas militia. The militia, defiantly flying a banner
inscribed 'Come and Take it', sent the Mexican Army detachment running back to
the Alamo without the cannon.
Held on Veterans' Day plus one, the purposes of the rally are to honor the
Alamo heroes plus all the other American patriots who responded to the
call of duty in the two hundred and twenty years since 1774 and to
petition the government for redress of grievances. "It is
interesting to note", said Utterback, "that the Alamo defenders
never knew that the Republic of Texas had declared independence from
Mexico. They were fighting in an attempt to force the Mexican
government to operate under the limitations in the Mexican Constitution
of 1824, which is why their flag was the Mexican tri-color with the
national emblem replaced by the numbers '1824'. Similarly, the goal of the
Texas Constitutional Militia is to return both the Texas and United
States governments to Constitutional republics".
"The militia will carry no weapons at this muster",
continued Utterback, "to empathize that we believe our goal can be
met without a shot being fired. The option of the militia engaging in
defensive combat would be a last resort action in response to criminal
and/or unconstitutional aggression by enemies of the Constitution".
Speakers will include Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America and Larry Dodge
of the Fully Informed Jury Association. Also speaking will be Gary Graham and
J. C. Van Kirk of Take Texas Back, Tinker Spain of the Committee to Repeal War
and Emergency Rule, and Alex De Pena, San Antonio political activist.
Except for a few public officials, the militia of Texas is composed
of the adult Texans who are not serving in the United States military forces.
Units of the Texas Constitutional Militia (T.C.M.) are Texans who have
chosen to become active in the militia. Volunteers of the T.C.M.
absolutely support and defend both the Texas and United States Constitutions
and will take an oath to that effect at the Alamo. Divided presently into
a Northern and Southern Region, the T.C.M. is organized by counties with each
county unit operating under the authority of the people of that county.
The right of the people of Texas to form a militia is a natural and common
law right, protected by the First and Second Amendments of the United States
Constitution and by Article 1, Sections 23 and 27 of the Texas Constitution. In
the current Texas Constitution, adopted in 1876, the people of Texas delegated
to the Texas Legislature the authority to organize and discipline the Militia,
In 1969 the people of Texas took back this delegated authority by repealing
Article 16, Section 46 of the Texas Constitution. In Texas, the authority to
form a militia is once again held by the people without the Texas Legislature