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Capture the Flag and Send a Message to Your Representative

Capture the Flag and Send a Message to Your Representative
This is not a message my gun-grabbing Congressthing wanted to promote…

April 19 is, among other things, Patriots’ Day. Of particular significance were the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Whenever this day comes around, it reminds me of a project from two decades ago that allowed me to make a statement of defiance to a gun-grabbing politician and get a valued souvenir in the bargain.

This is a project I did several years ago that I’ve written about a few times over the years–I resurrect it from time to time because I believe it makes a good statement of defiance, plus most of you have probably never seen it.

My U.S. Representative at the time, Jane Harman, was one of the most anti-gun members of Congress. Holding press conferences with Sarah Brady to promote more citizen disarmament (where I was threatened with arrest for asking a question), she campaigned on the slogan “I wear my opposition [to believers in the Second Amendment] like a badge of honor.”

So why in the world did I send her a check? And why do I encourage all RKBA supporters to follow suit with their own representative, especially if they’re oath-breaking gun-grabbers?

One of the constituent services that Congress provides to “We the People” is a program which lets you fly a commemorative flag over the nation’s Capitol building. For a nominal fee (I paid about thirteen bucks at the time) you can specify one of a couple different flag sizes and materials, the date you want your flag flown, and why you are flying it.

I asked for my flag to be flown on April 19 with the notation:

“In tribute to the Citizen Patriots of Lexington and Concord who resisted confiscation of their armaments on this date in 1775, and in continued defiance of all who would infringe on the Right of the People to keep and bear arms.”

I can think of many other dedications, such as “In loving memory of the children of Mount Carmel,” or “For Vicki and Sammy Weaver,” or numerous other events warranting commemoration. I’m sure you can, too.

Whether your Representative chooses to process the orders or return them, a point will have been made (and I’m still not clear what their options are for refusing to do so, and it could even be the basis for further exposure, possibly up to and including legal action).

Anybody unfortunate enough to live under Nancy Pelosi’s gun-grabbing tyranny? $19 is the least expensive flag you can get, and note selecting “Customize” and “additonal text” lets you append personalized sentiments to the preset “Dedication Message.” Now the question becomes “Will she?”

It can be a powerful point. Their choice will be to fly our flags in defiance of their statist policies, or to create a public record of suppressing alternative political sentiments. And it will either cost you nothing, or, for a nominal price you’ll get a beautiful flag and a commemorative certificate signed by the Architect of the Capitol (and hopefully, yours won’t misspell “armaments.”)

You’ll also have the satisfaction of knowing that you sent your Congressthing a strong, no-compromise statement of principle, and maybe even made him or her squirm. Why not contact your Representative, send in an order form and fly a flag for freedom?

If anyone tries this and get rejected, please forward, copy or take a screenshot of the refusal to let me know.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.


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