This contemporary sign is a goof on an old Texas legend. As the war for Texas independence was gathering steam in the 1840s, the Mexican general and dictator Santa Anna sent a canon to a small Texas town to help its residents fight the insurgents, but the town joined them instead. Santa Ana demanded the the return of the canon and the town sent him back a message — “Come and take it.”
The insurgents made up flags honoring the incident, and the phrase became a rallying cry.
You still see the emblem all over Texas today, a symbol of the true Texan’s resistance to tyranny. Texas men have not lived up to the emblem, as shown by their ugly attempts to control women’s bodies through state power, but the ladies of Texas still get it.