Second Amendment

Huey P. Newton Gun Club Pushes #BlackOpenCarry to Protest Police Violence

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@HueyGunClub/Twitter

In Texas, blacks are protesting police violence in a particularly Southwestern way: By invoking their right to open carry. On Wednesday, more than 30 members of the newly-formed Huey P. Newton Gun Club gathered to march through South Dallas with rifles, shotguns, and AR-15s. The group eventually entered a restaurant with their weapons while Dallas police officers were inside eating lunch.

"The recent murders of unarmed black, brown, and whites across the United States of America has eradicated trust in the police," the gun club's website states.  

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. 

In Dallas the police have murdered over 70 unarmed individuals, most of the black and brown men, over the last ten years. Excluding a recent incident where police testimony was contradicted by surveillance footage, there have been no indictments since 1973.

The people, who are gunned down and murdered by violent and militarized police forces, have formed the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, for the specifc purpose of self defense and community policing.

Note that the only Dallas cop indicted for killing an unarmed civilian was a case with surveillance footage available. More and more, we're seeing why dashcam and body cameras for cops are so crucial. Just yesterday, a 25-year-old man was gunned down by police in St. Louis. The cops said Kajieme Powell, who had just stolen two energy drinks from a convenience store and was now pacing out front talking to himself, was coming at them with a knife raised when they shot in self-defense. A cell-phone video released today shows otherwise. It shows two St. Louis officers barely stopping their car before they open fire on a man with his arms seemingly at his side. 

"We demand the immediate end to police brutality, harassment, and murder of the people," says the Huey P. Newton Gun Club website. "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." 

The hashtag #BlackOpenCarry has been lighting up Twitter tonight. Some photos, tweets, and video: 

@HueyGunClub/Twitter

@HueyGunClub/Twitter

@HueyGunClub/Twitter

Shaun Rabb/Twitter

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  1. I’m betting the folks over at Salon are suffering a bit of cognitive dissonance about this…

    1. It will be pretty hilarious to see the left and the racist elements of the right have their heads explode over this.

      1. It’s going to be fun to watch.

    2. Over what? What’s happening in Texas? Oh, that criminal Perry has pleaded not guilty! That must be what you’re talking about.

      1. MJGreen|8.20.14 @ 11:43PM|#
        “Over what? What’s happening in Texas?”

        Yep. There’s a guy running anti-gov’t full-page ads in CA newspapers: http://www.liar-liar.us/
        Not even Reason sees fit to mention it. Doesn’t fit the narrative.

        1. That saying dates from an 1810 poem by William Blake, the first line of which is, “Dissembler, Deceiver, you’re trousers are alight…”)

          Now, that’s funny.

          https://i.imgflip.com/bcx0c.jpg

          1. Sort of makes you wonder how our trolls sit down.
            If it wasn’t for dissembling, several of them wouldn’t have anything to do.

        2. If Reason posted an article about every bored, right-wing rich plutocrat who hates the Democrat party and can’t figure out the difference between absolute debt and per capita and doesn’t know what inflation is would there be any room for articles about Millennials who luv Rand Paul?

            1. I’ve been wondering where you were.

          1. american socialist|8.21.14 @ 1:48AM|#
            “If Reason posted an article about every bored, right-wing rich plutocrat who hates the Democrat party and can’t figure out the difference between absolute debt and per capita and doesn’t know what inflation is would there be any room for articles about Millennials who luv Rand Paul?”

            Well, look there! The let moral scum post!

          2. So? What if they did?

          3. How’s that related to this particular article?

        3. Why in the world would anyone waste their money advertising in a newspaper in 2014?

          -jcr

      2. Chill, go have an ice cream cone.

    3. I think it’s awesome. More diverse support for 2A, and it totally fucks. With all those anti gun faggots on the left.

      On a side note, why can I no longer zoom in or out on Reason pages ? Very annoying.

      1. On a side note, why can I no longer zoom in or out on Reason pages ? Very annoying.

        because of nothing to do with the website. Just hit crtl+rolling mouse wheel. if that doesn’t work it’s your browser, display or mouse settings.

        1. Nope – something has changed in the last week; you can’t pinch-zoom any longer on Apple devices. Damn squirrels. It’s irritating as hell.

    4. They have remained silent on the existence of black gun owners. Dissonance by omission.

    5. I think it’ll be summarily ignored.

  2. Oh Black America !!!

    I can’t think of anything more effective in bringing us together and telling the rest of the American People (white, latino, indian, asian, etc.) that ” we are not all thugs and we want to work together”.

    1. You’re right. Nothing can bring us all together as one people quite like guns.

      1. Juice|8.21.14 @ 12:02AM|#
        “You’re right. Nothing can bring us all together as one people quite like guns.”

        I hate to defend the twit, but it’s not guns. It’s a statement about who is in charge.
        The cops work for ME, not the other way around.

        1. I was just joshing.

          1. My sarc detector needs calibration..

        2. “I hate to defend the twit, but it’s not guns. It’s a statement about who is in charge.
          The cops local enforcers for the state mafia paid for by money stolen from me work for ME, not the other way around.”

          FTFY.

          No. They literally don’t work for you.

      2. You’re not thinking. This DOES have peaceful possibilities.

    2. Yeah, imagine that. Blacks standing up,for themselves by following the law and exercising their GOD GIVEN constitutional rights. Rather tHan rioting and being xo-opted by progressive traitors for their Marxist freedom thing agenda.

      1. Freedom hating I meant to say. Fucking auto correct.

  3. Good for them!

    That’s fantastic!

    Here’s a picture of the Black Panthers at the Washington state legislature in 1969.

    http://depts.washington.edu/ci…../wsa/black panthers 2-28-69.jpg

    They were demonstrating in protest of a bill that would prohibit open carry.

    The Black Panthers did the same thing in California, when they marched onto the floor of the Sacramento legislature. I don’t have a photo of that.

    A lot of us are familiar with how zoning laws evolved as a means to keep black people segregated from the rest of us–it shouldn’t be surprising to see that new infringements on our Second Amendment rights happened to coincide with black people publicly asserting their Second Amendment rights, too.

    1. This time with a link that works:

      http://tinyurl.com/3x4xk9

    2. Speaking of Huey Newton: The “Liberal” Gov. of California, Ronald Reagan, signed the Mulford Act in 1967, which greatly limited open carry in California. This was in Response to the above said Black Panthers carrying guns around the California State Capitol. Funny that the NRA doesn’t talk about that one.

      So, will Texas just learn to live with this? Pass a Mulford Act there? Disarm blacks only?

      1. “This was in Response to the above said Black Panthers carrying guns around the California State Capitol.”

        I had read many years before that it had to do with the pussy pigs being afraid to pull over Hells Angels with guns.

  4. I still kinda wonder how much support for stricter gun control is intentionally about disarming blacks in the face of cops and how much is just that as an unintended consequence.

    1. Historically, gun control in the US has been primarily for the purpose of disarming blacks. I suggest anyone interested in this topic watch Assaulted: Civil Rights Under Fire.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrB0P_A-M3Y

      Just a trailer, but you can rent the documentary at the link as well.

  5. Man, I sure hope this doesn’t end up with a lot of black guys dead!

    1. It’s only the unarmed ones that seem to be ending up dead these days.

      1. Well, the media doesn’t much report all of the deaths that involve the victim being armed and the shooter being something other than a white male.

      2. Bill Daggett: You just shot an unarmed man!

        Will Munny: Well, he should have armed himself.

  6. The California legislature started their gun grabbing campaign when the Panthers showed up in Sacramento with rifles on their shoulders in the 1970s.

    -jcr

  7. “The recent murders of unarmed black, brown, and whites across the United States of America has eradicated trust in the police,” the gun club’s website states.

    Boom. Immediately love these guys. The worst part of police and government malfeasance is that people Balkanize and attack the cops only when they brutalize someone who is a member of their tribe.

    Conservatives don’t give a shit when cops fuck up a left-wing constituency and vice versa. Anyone opposed to police malfeasance in all instances is a hero.

    1. And they are to be commended for avoiding mention that black and brown kids get the slammer for a joint, while white kids get ‘rehab’.
      I’m interested in their comments; perhaps they have a newsletter!

      1. I’d subscribe!

    2. You’re prejudiced against conservatives. Read the Decons for Defense story.

      Decons for Defense and Justice (in Wikipedia)

      NRA membership is dominately conservative and has always supported blacks 2nd A rights since way back in 1800s.

    3. If I was in Dallas I’d join their club tomorrow. I could be the token white guy until the rest of us showed up.

  8. I’m sure conservatives will celebrate and welcome this group of intrepid and empowered individuals.

    1. Yup, just another monolith.

    2. Well, as these folks are probably hard-core, big-government leftists, probably not so much.

      I mean, Pol Pot liked guns too.

    1. Do I wanna click on that?

      1. No. Incidentally, don’t click the link in the Daily Kos article to a pro-gun facebook page where they excuse police officers for shooting a man to death as he was laying down his gun.

    1. Stop resisting?

      1. Something about denying White Privelege is one of the things.

    2. 8. “I don’t understand why you people…”
      The phrase “you people” is coded language, a euphemism for the n-word, black people, outsiders or “the other.” By being an outsider to whiteness and white supremacy, “you people” suggests that blacks (and other people of color) do not belong in the same rooms, venues or halls of power as white people.

      1. So derp then.

      2. “You people” is most often a presumption that a group of people, defined by some irrelevancy, share view points or opinions.
        As someone who is melanin-deprived, I despise the phrase. I am not part of ‘you people’.

      3. 8a. “I don’t understand you people…”
        Snide remarks about one’s grammar and speech patterns is a double whammy, since it is due to institutional racism that schools in minority neighborhoods are underfunded. Also, making fun of someone’s culture is not cool.

      4. WHen I say that I make sure it’s “Youse people”

        1. Up here in Northern MN it’s “youse guys”.

      5. Coded language my ass. Sounds like simple language to me.

        1. Is it still racist if you say “y’all” instead?

    3. 9. “When I see you, I don’t see race.”
      Color-blind racism is still racism. Without facing history and the present realities, it’s impossible to understand how racism affects the everyday life of peoples of all races and ethnicities.

      1. 9a. “When I see you at night, I only see eyeballs and teeth.”
        See, this is just beyond the pale. Just because you are white racists doesn’t mean that you can make racist jokes out loud like that.

    4. The killings of Michael Brown, Renisha McBride, Jordan Davis, Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and many other nameless, faceless black young people ? all at the hands of police and whites ? come at a time when black women like Marissa Alexander are simultaneously being denied the “stand your ground” defense and instead threatened with decades in jail for firing a warning shot at an allegedly abusive spouse.

      1. One of those things is not like the others.

        1. It sounds like you need to go to the doctor and get a melanin infusion, because your White Privelege is leaking all over my screen.

          1. Wow. Tumbler has come to Reason…

            This should be good.

    5. I really don’t give a f*ck what you think I should or shouldn’t say. You don’t speak for blacks as a whole, and jerks like you exist in every color.

  9. Over in the Conspiracy thread a boob showed up who, if s/he isn’t Murkin, is a good facsimile thereof: It’s the Jooooooooooooze!
    I wouldn’t be surprised at a visit here, since it’s the Nigras!

    1. Gotta love the classics.

      1. Yep.
        Koch Bros!!!!!

        1. Don’t forget the lizard people. Or are they the same thing?

    1. People are really that into chipotle? I had no idea.

      1. It’s my very favorite restaurant. I would eat nothing but Chipotle for 30 days straight, but I’m afraid I would learn more than I want to know about the limits of the human digestive system.

        1. Maybe I need to try it.

          1. I recommend a burrito with white rice, black beans, barbacoa, hot salsa, cheese and sour cream.

            1. Thanks!

            2. I have never even seen a Chipotle restaurant.

              Sounds like an expensive taco bell….and there is no way it could be better then Taco Del Mar.

              1. It’s nothing special. Quasi-Mexican Olive Garden.

                Now Taco Time… pure junk, but two of the crispy bean burritos and I can sell my gas to Syria. No-one else has ever affected me this way.

              2. Welcome to Moe’s!

                (which is superior in every way to Chipotle, imho)

              3. They’re okay, but that’s about as far as I would take it. They’re big claim is fresh, organic ingredients. doesn’t affect taste, but it allows those that lean toward “responsible environmentalism” to feel good about themselves. Give me a taqueria run by someone who speaks no English, any day.

            3. Baja Fresh. All day every day. Unless you’re in California, where all bets are off.

        2. Chipotleway!

    2. I could see that, depending on what he is selecting. Chicken, black beans, brown rice, guacamole, salsa – low fat, high protein and fiber all digest more slowly than high GI carbs so you are less apt to feel hungry later.

      Of course, in the end you have to run a calorie deficit to lose weight. You could theoretically lose weight if you eat MickieDee’s everyday as long as you are eating less than what your body needs.

  10. You know who else patrolled the streets with a weapon because he noticed a recent rise in crime in his neighborhood and saw little the police response?

    1. Green Arrow?

    2. Mister Rogers?

    3. Captain kangaroo?

    4. He stood his ground, that’s for sure.

    5. Boss Hogg?

    6. That guy who wore that “Better dead then red” t-shirt in Highlander.

    7. Johnny Fuckerfaster!

  11. Hi Elizabeth,

    I think that if Black people want to parade around with upholstered guns that’s their business and not mine. Let them suffer the consequences along with White gun owners. You are more likely to die of gun violence with a gun in your house than not.

    Is the point of the article to recommend that Black people in Ferguson start brandishing their automatic rifles while the National Guard looks on? Let me know how that goes, my beautiful Black NRA Soul Brothers.

    Just curious, how did Huey Newton die again? Let me know how that story ends.

    1. “upholstered guns”?
      No, you’re thinking of the pink pistols.

    2. Or one could ask why he shot a seventeen year-old who merely called him by a childhood nickname that he hated. And then fled to Cuba.

      But to prove I’M NOT RACIST, Sharp Shooters from, IIRC, The Weight.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IR_UMkzq0eI

    3. automatic rifles

      Derpity derp. Let me guess, commie kid, a barrel shroud is that thing that goes over the shoulder, right?

    4. As incoherent, progressive mental-diarrhea goes, that comment achieves new lows in the art-form.

      Not a single sentence stands on its own as a logical or even sensical-claim… nor do any sentences leading into or following provide any support or context to aid in the transmission of some coherent idea.

      The walls of public toilets frequently demonstrate greater logic, flow, and purpose.

      Add in the sneering, patronizing racism, and we have the most bare and honest depiction of modern progressivism.

      Bravo.

    5. But they’re not in their house, so it’s fine.

    6. american socialist|8.21.14 @ 2:07AM|#
      “Hi Elizabeth,”

      Another post by the dregs of the septic tank!
      Man, you SMELL!

    7. Did AmSoc actually just come out and explicitly threaten Americans with state violence if they don’t submit to his/her/its will? That’s an astonishing level of honesty.

      1. This moral cripple is proud of walking on his mortgage, since he’s also a mental cripple and bought high. So this parasite sticks everyone else with his debt.
        He’s not shy about being stupid and a slime-ball.

      2. No… I was making a libertarian argument about ownership of a gun. if people want to bring guns to a violent protest and brandish them in front of the police I don’t think that’s going to end well. But if the Huey Newton Gun Club wants to get into a fire fight with the National Guard that’s up to them. I know there’s a lot of right-wingers– Timothy mcveigh comes immediately to mind– that think it’s going to come to that anyway.

        I think people should have the ability to do pretty much what they please, but– here’s where I may differ from pop-anarchocapitalist dictums– I think they should suffer the consequences of their actions and shouldn’t be surprised or bitch about it when a cop pops them in the mouth in the midst of a melee.

        1. “I think people should have the ability to do pretty much what they please, but– here’s where I may differ from pop-anarchocapitalist dictums– I think they should suffer the consequences of their actions”

          Dammit, that is not contrary to the libertarian idea. That IS part of the deal. Why in holy hell do you not comprehend that???? WTF?

    8. “You are more likely to die of gun violence with a gun in your house than not.”

      Well of course, it’s difficult to get shot if there isn’t a gun around. Just like you’re less likely to choke to death on a ham sandwich if you don’t eat pork. Then there’s the whole mis-characterization of suicides and accidents as “gun violence” in some statistics.

      Then you’re left with cases where someone snaps and decides to kill her entire family, etc.

      But what about comparing those actual violence numbers to the number of people who successfully defend themselves from a criminal with the firearm they keep in their home or carry on their person?

      People die from injuries sustained because of air bags or seat belts quite often, yet we don’t question their usefulness.

    9. Another moronic statistic. How is that states with less gun control are safer. Duh!

      How many people deter violence by merely displaying a gun? Duh.

  12. What are AR-15s if not rifles? I know they’re scary because they are black and have synthetic stocks, but besides that.

    1. Mine is a carbine. One of them, anyway.

    2. You know what else is scary that’s black?

      1. The ISIS flag?

      2. Dark matter?

  13. In Texas, blacks are protesting police violence in a particularly Southwestern

    Do not call Texas the west.

    Bad enough New Mexico made the cut.

    1. She didn’t, she called it the southwest.

      1. You are worse then that guy who called a College in Illinois Northwestern and he is worse then Hitler.

    1. Somebody needs to bitch-slap the girl’s parents.

      Folks, if your little honey climbed out one window, and into another, to get into some jerk’s bed, she wasn’t raped. Dumb as a post, maybe. Taken advantage of, possibly. But not raped. She worked too hard for it.

  14. Uh, I’m not for the cops in this case, but this description is wildly inaccurate.

    “The cops said Kajieme Powell, who had just stolen two energy drinks from a convenience store and was now pacing out front talking to himself, was coming at them with a knife raised when they shot in self-defense. A cell-phone video released today shows otherwise.”

    No, he’s walking directly toward the cops with his hands in his pockets telling them to “shoot me. Shoot me now, motherfucker.”

    What part of the video did you miss?

    1. I mean, there’s no need to fuck up the narrative when they’re cuffing an already dead man. What’s the purpose of the blog post?

  15. Looks like them guys are having fun.

    http://www.Anon-Surf.tk

  16. Whew, this action sure surprises me, a liberal supporting minority taking on conservative solutions! Goes to show my prejudice. As a proud NRA member, gotta support these folks. Carrying (a gun) legally generally entails some training; Positive 1. While carrying, one can’t help but to imagine scenarios where you might draw/fire your firearm. There’s a host of legal and ethical considerations to be studied; Positive 2. Legal peaceful armed citizens likely would gain some understanding of what law enforcement deals with, ie; do I tez ’em or shoot ’em in the leg, or stop their aggression in the most reliable manner? Pos3. The Dallas Police would be forced to rethink their shoot 1st mentality; Pos4

    My attitude of support is contingent on a statistical reduction of hostilities by all parties, which I believe will take place. A peaceful resolution beats an ugly media-political-liberal ginned up race war everytime.

  17. Now, quit alarming folks waving your guns around and go get training for conceal carry.

    1. Why concealed carry? Are you ashamed of your rights, or are you under the ridiculous internet-ninja tacticool fantasy that there is some “tactical advantage” to concealed carry?

      That “element of surprise” is useful for offense, but not particularly for defense. Furthermore, open carry has a proven deterrent effect, which is the WHOLE POINT of these citizen defense patrols in the first place.

      In short, CC is the choice of cowards, statist, criminals, and tacticool-wannabes.

  18. Fine. Obey the laws. No big deal.

  19. I would have no problem with this except the racial component. The Black Panther type uniforms are a bit much. The number one killer of Black Men is other Black Men… not the police.

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  21. Black people walking around urban areas carrying semi-auto rifles is just as much of a dumb idea as white people doing the same thing. If they want to open-carry a weapon, it should be a .45 M1911 pistol, which has much more stopping power at close range than the .223 calibre bullet used in the AR-15, and doesn’t fly nearly as far – it’s good out to about 60 yards at maximum, whereas an AR-15 bullet can travel 500 yards. That, and a can of pepper-spray for close-in threats, should be what they carry if they’re serious and not being dumb – like those stupid white guys.

    1. I believe that open carry of pistols is against the law in Texas, and that’s what started the whole movement of open carry of rifles and shotguns.

    2. Whoa, a .223 has more than 2Xs the power of the .45ACP. Also, a .45 can travel in excess of 500 yds. A dog and a determined drugged perp can dodge or disregard pepper spray. I wish there wasn’t such a lack of understanding of simple defense. Law enforcement and military has been at this for a long time while being under the scrutiny of the public. There’s a reason they are trained to do as they do.

  22. And as for Mr Powell, officers trained in basic aikido techniques could have had him down in a flash – and disarmed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8w2yte3ocM and if not trained in aikido, a faceful of OC pepper spray could have the same effect, after which he could be cuffed and transported to the local psycho ward.

    1. No, a course in aikido won’t do it. All sorts of training, and weaponary has been piloted and police have died. The safest response when confonted by an aggressor is a firearm, for the innocent that is.

  23. Texas restaurants are going to need rifle racks.

  24. I don’t see things going well for the Huey P. Newton Gun Club.

    I predict SWAT raids, drug busts, and suspects shot. The usual.

    1. I don’t think so. Not all bullies are cowards, but many are.

      1. That is why I predict SWAT raids. Lot easier to take down people and shoot them when they are asleep in the middle of the night. “Suspect reached for a gun…”

        I think that is actually what happened to most of the original Black Panthers, so it’s been done before.

  25. I hope this group addresses all the bad actors in their community. It’s time for us Black folks to go Guardian Angels on our own community. This is the type of grassroots operation we need to curb the crime.

  26. I would be a great deal happier if they had named their club so,ething else. But I am under the impression that in spite of the raving swine who asserted that the Black Panther Party was a criminal organization, the Black Panther Party WAS a criminal organizaion.

  27. I wish things like this could happen nationwide if only to bring the racists out of the closets in which they hide. Then maybe we can do the same to them as was done Donald Sterling and make jobs then available for those who actually deserve them.

  28. Note to self, do not visit south Dallas

  29. Actually we need WAY more black gun owners, you know, the vast majority of blacks who are hard-working and law-abiding, just like everyone else. Those folks especially need to be armed to protect themselves from their neighborhood feral drug gangs.

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