From the beginning of the rifle open carry movement in Texas, anti-gun Democrats have pretended that the movement is entirely right-wing, white, and male. The fact that the open carry protesters were often represented by African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and women was completely ignored… it didn’t fit the narrative that the anti-gun Democrats were trying to create.
An assertion was made repeatedly that if a group composed of minorities attempted a similar open carry march, that the police would shoot them to pieces, or that white society would lose their minds in hysterical fear.
Well, that hypothetical walk just became a reality and somehow, it seemed that everything went off without a hitch.
A group of about 30 people conducted an armed self-defense patrol in parts of South Dallas on Wednesday afternoon.
The people, members of the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, walked along sidewalks and into a neighborhood restaurant along Martin Luther King Boulevard.
The gun club said in a release that the “recent murders of unarmed black, brown, and whites across the United States of America has eradicated trust in the police.”
The gun club was created for community policing and self-defense.
Those of you who are “of a certain age” will no doubt recognize the name Huey P. Newton, the co-founder of the Black Panthers, and there is no doubt that the Huey P. Newton Gun Club has a militant, leftist, and racial bent to its messaging.
You know what? That’s okay.
The Second Amendment, like the rest of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution applies to all of us equally, and considering how African-Americans have often been disenfranchised by both political parties over the years, I can’t blame them for having a chip on their shoulders.
My primary concern was that they practice better muzzle discipline than many of the other long gun open carry groups, and while they weren’t any worse, I’d still like for people to realize that “down” is not a safe direction on concrete sidewalks and building floors.
All in all, it was a good march. The Huey P. Newton Gun Club go their message across, and shockingly, the police and citizenry respected their right to exercise their First and Second Amendment rights… without anyone losing their minds.
Shannon Watts, presumably on her second box of wine for the day and hiding behind her Bloomberg security detail, could not be reached for comment.