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Check Out Who’s Supporting #BlackOpenCarry

A radical black group is rallying for open-carry gun rights--and some white conservatives are pysched

Tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, are boiling. Mostly black protesters have taken to the streets, demanding justice for the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager shot six times by police on Aug. 9. Meanwhile, mostly white police have responded aggressively to the protests, shooting tear gas into the crowd and arresting nearly 200 people.

Today one fringe group based in Dallas is taking the protests a step further. The group, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, named after the famed Black Panther leader, is calling for “armed self-defense” for all black citizens.

08/21/14 03:41 UTC@HueyGunClub

I see you. #Dallas showing the police we wont stand for brutality any longer #Ferguson #Opencarry http://t.co/YWYZ3VCetR

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To promote the initiative, the group is using Twitter and the hashtag #BlackOpenCarry, which began gaining traction today.

08/21/14 14:28 UTC@blackrepublican

Black Gun Owners are using the hashtag #BlackOpenCarry today. They want their #SecondAmendment rights too. #BlackTwitter #tcot #bcot

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“The recent murders of unarmed black, brown, and whites across the United States of America has eradicated trust in the police,” the group writes on its site. “Individuals across this nation have been stripped of due process, subjected to state-sponsored police terrorism, and continue to suffer the fate of being terminated extra-judicially.”

They add: “We assert the right of the people, particularly those of color, to bear arms and protect themselves where local, state, and the federal government have historically failed to do so.”

Obviously, this is not a particularly mainstream initiative. About two dozen members of the group organized a rally yesterday in the streets in Dallas—where they carried assault rifles—but the idea doesn’t yet seem to be gaining ground in Ferguson.

Interestingly, though, the movement appears to be getting a tip of the hat (on Twitter, at least) from both blacks and whites who love guns.

08/21/14 02:05 UTC@KennethHarbin

If Blacks don't feel safe in #Ferguson, then they should get a gun (legally) and join the NRA #blackopencarry #tcot

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08/21/14 15:16 UTC@michelelfrost

<---- White conservative in Texas who supports #BlackOpenCarry 

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08/21/14 13:00 UTC@Revenant0202

I'm totally cool with the #blackopencarry hashtag. The rights of all citizens to protect themselves, loved ones and property are for all.

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08/21/14 14:10 UTC@ArmedAndPolite

#BlackOpenCarry ... totally works for me. 2A is for everyone.

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08/21/14 16:16 UTC@nsarwark

.@seanpaulkelley I'm a Libertarian leader and I support gun rights for all. #blackopencarry. @AdamKissel @BruceGodfrey

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It remains to be seen whether or not the #BlackOpenCarry movement will help unite races in the long run. But right now, it’s interesting to watch who’s coming out to support it.

 

Respond Now
  • They already have the right. All they have to do is apply for a carry permit just like any white. The problem they might have is, you can’t have a felony on your record.

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