Molon labe (μολὼν λαβέ in Greek) or molṑn labé is ancient Greek expression meaning "Come and take it!". It has been one of the slogans of the Second Amendment unalienable rights movement in America. It is a reference to King Leonidas' defiant reply to the Persians demand at the start of the Battle of Thermopylae for his 300 Spartans to surrender their arms.
Among American conservatives and libertarians the expression has become a modern-day rallying cry of resolve never to forget our unalienable rights to self-defense, home security and deterrence against big government tyranny by disarming in the face of the new Federal Nanny state-Police state.
In the Texas Revolution, the phrase "Come and take it" was also a rallying cry.
Molon labe is a classic example of a laconic phrase. Another example is 101st Airborne General Anthony McAuliffe's (General Anthony Clement "Nuts" McAuliffe) response to the surrender ultimatum by National Socialists Army during World War II's Battle of the Bulge. He is famous for his single-word reply of "Nuts!".
- Battle of Thermopylae
- Molon Labe! - a 21st-century Conservative Libertarian fictional "Battle of Thermopylae" written by Boston T. Party
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