“A Washington, D.C., conservative radio station has refused to sell airtime for a political statement,” WND.com reported Saturday.
Grammy Award-winner Steve Vaus produced the song “Come and Take It” to compare the defiant slogan of Texans to demands they surrender a cannon at time of the 1835 Battle of Gonzales to the sentiment of present day gun owners facing government demands for citizen disarmament. WMAL News/Talk refused to broadcast it, saying “[W]e have determined that it is too controversial for us to air.”
Among the lyrics that scared off WMAL management:
Come and take it if you want it.
Come and take it if you think you can.
Come and take it, but I warn you, you’ll have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.
We want the freedom that God gave us, so you best not cross that line.
If you want this gun you gotta come through us and take it -- one shot at a time.
That’s not inconsistent with the very public commitment of many gun rights advocates that we will not disarm, popularly expressed with the Spartan” ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ” challenge, and is reminiscent of Charlton Heston’s iconic “From my cold dead hands” pledge. So Gun Rights Examiner asked Vaus if he thought the station’s position might be due to worries about FCC penalties or a fear of losing advertisers.
"This is a gutless decision,” he replied. “If radio and WMAL had been around in Paul Revere's day I suspect they would have refused to carry his message too."
His analogy is appropriate. Too many of our countrymen who are either ignorant of history or who “feel” they are immune to its forces are in need of a good lesson, and that’s really what WMAL, and any stations that refuse to play this, are suppressing. They’re the same type who pulled the drapes closed and hid in the darkness while their neighbors took muskets from their mantles and marched to the green.
Regular readers of this column know this is not the first time (or the second, third, fourth, etc.) that alternative media has been needed to go over, under, through or around “official” media gatekeepers, and if this message (see video embedded in this column) is to get the attention it merits, it’s once more up to the activist community to see that it gets shared. Aside from sharing links, supporters are being asked to make a donation to help buy air time for when a principled radio station can be found.
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