Extreme supporters of gun rights who think that people should be allowed to carry rifles and other guns openly in almost any public place including schools, libraries, and churches, may now be tempted to temper that gung-ho, anything goes, attitude. The Black Panthers have decided that they too should carry guns openly in order to combat what they see as reckless and unjustified violence by the police against the black community.
I have pointed out that while many white gun advocates seem comfortable with white people carrying guns around like that, they may not be so sanguine if groups of black people wandered around in public with such weapons. Of course, as recent events have demonstrated, the difference is that black people realize that they are much more likely to be shot by the police even if they are unarmed, so it made good sense for them to not carry guns openly in public.
But now some of them have become fed up at being seen as easy targets of police brutality and decided to adopt other tactics.
A Texas gun club named after one of the founders of the Black Panthers Party marched in Dallas on Wednesday to protest against police brutality, KTXA-TV reported.
Around two dozen members of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club carried rifles and red, black and green flags as they marched through the city’s south side, sometimes chanting in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old man killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, on Aug. 9.
“If they don’t get these killer cops and corrupt cops under control,” a member identifying himself as Commander Drew X was quoted as saying. “What happened in Ferguson is going to be nationwide.”
The club’s leader, Huey Freeman, said Wednesday’s march would be the first step in a campaign of “civilian patrols” through the area. The state’s open carry law allows “long gun” owners to display them unless it is meant “to cause alarm.”
“We believe we can police ourselves and bring security to our community, ridding our community of black-on-black crime, violence, police terror, etcetera, etcetera,” Freeman told KXAS-TV.
Already there have been heated exchanges between Open Carry Texas and the Black Panthers.
Fox News has been whipping up hysteria over the so-called ‘New’ Black Panthers even though there was little evidence that this group consisted of any more than a few people. Now they have something to really panic about.