The Washington Times reports on some Armed African Americans.
Black gun-rights activists in Texas protested police brutality Wednesday by exercising their rights to openly carry firearms through the streets of South Dallas.
Dozens of members of the newly-formed Huey P. Newton Gun Club, named after the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, marched with rifles, shotguns and AR-15s down MLK Boulevard. They wound up at a restaurant where police officers were eating lunch, Reason magazine reported.
Police monitored the black-clad demonstrators as many chanted “black power” and “justice for Michael Brown,” the black teenager shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, the Dallas Morning News reported.
“We think that all black people have the right to self defense and self determination,” said Huey Freeman, an organizer. “We believe that we can police ourselves and bring security to our own communities.”
OK, I disagree with some of this. And, obviously, a lot could go wrong. But does it have to?
Look at it this way: try to imagine this group going along with Mayor Bloomberg’s anti-gun agenda. Try to imagine them agreeing with Eric Holder’s or Barack Obama’s anti-gun rhetoric.
It could never happen. People who have taken steps to protect themselves with firearms are not going to go back to thinking that the police should control all the guns.
This group reminds me of something I wrote in January 2013: “Obama and Holder Make Me Nostalgic for Malcom X”
Today someone reminded me that next month is Black (or African-American) History Month. It made me do some searching and I came across this document.
“The Constitution of the United States of America clearly affirms the right of every American citizen to bear arms. And as Americans, we will not give up a single right guaranteed under the Constitution. The history of unpunished violence against our people clearly indicates that we must be prepared to defend ourselves or we will continue to be a defenseless people at the mercy of a ruthless and violent racist mob.”
Malcolm didn’t just address the issue of the right to self defense, but he also laid bare the way the establishment was convincing African Americans that they were guilty for even owning a firearm.
“Never let them be brainwashed into thinking that whenever they take steps to see that they’re in a position to defend themselves that they’re being unlawful. The only time you’re being unlawful is when you break the law. It’s lawful to have something to defend yourself.”
Of course, I probably have significant differences with Malcom X and with this group, but defending the Second Amendment is a great piece of common ground. I’m happy to stand there with them!