A new group calling itself the Huey P. Newton Gun Club launched armed self-defense patrols Wednesday with one stated purpose: to protect Dallas neighbors from police.
Group leader Charles Goodson said recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri over the killing of an unarmed black teen named Michael Brown by a white police officer is only part of the reason for the new Dallas patrols.
So, they form a group to carry openly in Dallas to protect their fellow blacks from shootings by the police.
It will be interesting to see how the more vocal critics of Open Carry Texas* respond to this.
And we find it more than a little ironic that the group is named after a militant black leader who was shot, not by the police, but by a fellow militant.
So far, the Dallas PD’s response has been, from a PR point of view, quite good:
In response to a request to Dallas police for comment about the Huey P. Newton Gun Club patrols, Chief David Brown issued a statement saying, “the Dallas Police Department supports the constitutional rights of all.”
*We’re critical of OCT, not because we’re against open carry, but rather the tactic of deliberately carrying long arms in public spaces such as restaurants, which forces those establishments to choose to take sides in a political discussion. Any choice an establishment makes tends to alienate some part of their customer base. Further, many, if not most, simply prohibit carry of firearms, which acts against the goals of OCT.