Texas Open Carry Gun Club Named After Former Black Panther to ‘Patrol’ Streets of Dallas (Video)


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In what they say was a march against police brutality, a Texas gun group which calls themselves the Huey P. Newton Gun Club took to the streets of south Dallas for the beginnings of a “civilian patrol” in and around the area.

Huey P. Newton, the person for which the group is named, was one of the original founders of the Black Panthers in 1966.

Huey Freeman, one of the around three dozen members who were out Wednesday, said, “Black people have a right to self-defense and self-determination. We want to be proactive.”

“We believe we can police ourselves and bring security to our community, ridding our community of black-on-black crime, violence, police terror, et cetera, et cetera,” Freeman added.

A man calling himself Commander Drew X said, “If they don’t get these killer cops and corrupt cops under control, what happened in Ferguson is going to happen nationwide.”

“Unfortunately, it takes things like this to bring national attention to the things that are going around,” Priest Brazier, a man who claimed to be a member of the New Black Panther Party said. “If the protests hadn’t happened, you wouldn’t have the attorney general, and all these people, the FBI and the federal people looking at the situation. They normally would have ignored it.”

Something tells me you’re not going to see Fox News, or many conservatives, out supporting this particular gun rights group.  While I can’t quite put my finger on it, my gut tells me that there’s something just a little bit different about this particular open carry group that many conservatives won’t be eager to support.

That was sarcasm by the way.

But what do I think about what this group is doing? To me, a gun nut is a gun nut.  Any group of people walking around our city streets, wielding semi-automatic rifles is ridiculous. I don’t care if you’re white, black, brown, purple or rainbow colored. It’s 2014, we don’t need citizens marching around our neighborhoods, and into our businesses, with loaded AK-47’s or AR-15’s strapped to their backs.

And while I get the sentiment behind this group (trying to reduce violence and crime within the African American community), I just don’t see how it makes sense for anyone, of any race, to “patrol” around our streets acting like some kind of group of vigilantes.

If you want to start neighborhood watch programs, great. If you want to form groups that raise awareness within your community about potential crime, how to report it and how to prevent crimes from happening, go right ahead. Heck, if you want to try to create outreach programs to improve relationships between law enforcement officials and local communities that’s an even better idea.

But it’s not up to ordinary citizens to patrol our streets and “dish out justice.”

Because it’s only a matter of time before a group of these open carry gun nuts ends up in some kind of public shootout where innocent people end up injured or killed.

Watch the report below via NBCDFW

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Kenneth Johnson

    Is not Huey Freeman, a black militant character in the Boondocks comicstrip.?

    • Mimi SassMouf Brooks

      LOL yes but seems to me that like “John Doe” a person can just make up a name to hide their true one.

  • Jim Bean

    I think the bigger question is, will the Left react hysterically about the brandishing of firearms by a disgruntled group of civilians (as they did in the Bundy case) and will they hyperventilate uncontrollably about how the NRA is the ruination of civilization. Or, will they deflect to an analysis of how Fox News is reacting to it?

    • Richard Mcgee

      Leave it to a troll to bring up politics
      This is about race relations
      the more we can hun politicize things the better

    • Daniel

      To prove you read the article you coukd say they did both. Because hey guns are dangerous. But fox news seems to think blacks with guns are a sign of the apocalypse. So the answer is the left will discuss it like the complex issue it is and the right will freak out and yell “terrorist” and “race war”.

      • Jim Bean

        Why will the left ‘discuss it like the complex issue it is’ when they think its simply a need for more gun control when it a white guy holding the gun? How do they make those distinctions? Seems to have racial overtones.

      • Daniel

        Because gun control is a big part of the solution. As it has worked in other countries.

        And because the same liberals who get upset by police violence also get upset by gang violence, domestic murders and faulty brakes.

        Life is precious. But this is simply about a need to treat all people with the rights they are granted by the constitution and our laws. A right to life, a right to a voice in the process. And a right to expect police to provide safety and not threaten it.
        And the math is in blacks are targets in our country. Especially the old confederate states. Why can’t these guys do like the white folks out open carry and scaring people? Its a right the NRA protects until the faces are brown.

        I myself would like a more liberal society, but I’ll try to get there by voting and convincing others. Not by threatening armed revolt. I accept that our society needs this change and those oppressed have the right to seek redress both through the law and through any lawful protest. Including armed marches and monitoring police.

      • Jim Bean

        Blacks are targets, all right. Targeted primarily by other blacks however, not by people with the union jack decal on the rear window of their pickup truck.

      • Daniel

        Just FYI black on black crime happens at exactly the same rate as white on white crime. Rates overall are equivalent at specific income levels. The difference is in police intent and response.

      • Jim Bean

        A 2012 study by the Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention revealed that in 2010 black youths committed six times more murders, three times more rapes, 10 times more robberies and three times more assaults than did their white counterparts. When you consider they only make up 13.6% of the total population, this is a staggering statistic. Google ‘crime statistics by race.’ Use the ‘Crime Stats Alarm Black Leaders’ link.

      • Daniel

        You say this but again context alludes you. First the FBI data disagrees with the numbers you place. But also. So what.
        Here is why racism is a problem. The police often focus their attention on black youth. Blacks have on average 4x the number of run ins with police.In each run in with police blacks are 3x more likely to be arrested (50x more likely to be victims of police violence.). Then the judge tends to prosecute blacks at a similar rate 2.5x plus the sentencing which is hard to quantify, but also out of proportions. So its the fact of police racism in the application of the law that allows peolpe to get these stupis statistics ans for some ro try and use them to justify racism.
        My metaphors stands. Its like a parent with boys and girls, only searching their sons’ rooms. You find more, you punish more and you start to believe the girls are all good and the boys all bad. But if the authorities were fair it may be a very different set of data.

      • Jim Bean

        Its the behavioral trends that trigger the disproportionate scrutiny. Change the trends and the scrutiny will adjust accordingly.

      • Daniel

        Actually the reverse is true. The policy began at Jim crow and has persisted until today. The basic fact of all people committing crimes at a similar leven (based on poverty level) means that for your method to work blacks would need to commit far less criminal activity it receive equal treatment. That’s like forcing Texas residents to take a spelling test before they get to vote. Unrelated privilege versus handicapped behavior. (Texas did worse on English than some countries with English as a non dominant language and has competed for 50th in education for decades)

        So if I read that right, you really think police should be allowed to shoot first with no repercussions because blacks are more criminal? And you are not a racist I believe you said?

      • Jim Bean

        How did we get from elevated scrutiny to ‘shoot on sight?’

      • Daniel

        From the argument you made. If we do not both acknowledge racism and address police violence and the racially uneven application of the law than we as a society are complicit in the continuation of such a violent and racist pattern.

        And its not “shoot on sight” its shoot at will. When the only safety is the good will of the officer it is not justice. And the facts clearly indicate prosecution and internal investigation do not curb police violence.

      • Daniel

        What do British people have to do with oppression? They freed their slaves earlier and refused to openly support the south due to the continuation of slavery. I think you want to say “the Battle flag of the Confederacy” (a go to for modern traitors and racist folk). But I’d say an open reminder of the time my family kept yours in bondage, murdered and raped your people at will, and treated you like animals, well it might be seen as offensive. On top of the whole traitorous and vile oath breaker thing.

    • CE Lee

      Will the Tea Party join them? Don’t tread on me… yeah right.

      • Void

        Probably not, but the Libertarians on the other hand are already on board with it and congratulating them for stepping up.

      • CE Lee

        At least they’re consistent.

  • End Child Unemployment

    Did you not read their press release? The protest is not a warning to criminals, it’s a warning to a police system that systematically harasses, oppresses, and murders members of their ethnic group that they won’t lay down and take it anymore. It’s classic “don’t tread on me”. Even if you see everything in the world along political tribal lines, I don’t. I might not agree with these folks on everything, but I fully back their alienable right to armed self defense, and their right to protest and warn a government that they perceive (accurately, I believe) as predating on them.

  • evelyn

    So are they trying to scare the cops away? I still don’t know what their plan is if they policing the police. If the looters don’t want the police in their neighborhood, then I say get out of there. Let them figure it out as they wisely did, with destroying businesses and homes.

    • CE Lee

      I doubt they will protect the looters…lol

      • evelyn

        Black Panthers are black men or so I thought, and the looters are too. I guess I don’t get it then. Why are they there again? I didn’t get that info from the article.

      • CE Lee

        So because they’re black men they would loot? First, they’re there because they have a right to. They’re also there to protect the people against the police, not to let them loot. Just like white tea baggers walking around Walmart with ak47s. They carry them because they can and to protect themselves against… black men??? I don’t get the whole Walmart thing.

      • evelyn

        I didn’t say they would loot. I asked what they are doing there for peace, if the looters are black. The ones throwing cocktails are black, the ones running wild in the streets and setting fire to things are black. Not sure what the Black Panthers are doing. If they start shooting at police, they are going to shot as well. They are policing the police and I don’t know how that works. That’s all.

      • CE Lee

        They’re not going to let the folks loot. Their presence alone will keep order. Cops won’t shoot, protesters will be peaceful knowing the panthers have their back. They’re the good guys with guns

      • evelyn

        Ok, thanks. I have never seen them go in to place like that. If it helps, I’m all for it.

      • Moses

        There are white cops running wild on the streets, as well, or did you miss the video of the cop threatening people with his rifle aimed and his finger on the trigger? These police NEED to be policed, because they’re running riot and blaming the populace for getting teargassed when they’re lobbing canisters into houses and backyards. It works by letting this corrupt police department know that there are limits to what they can get away with.

      • bigotbeater

        This group is not in Missouri with the “looters” and fire setters, they are in Dallas. They are making a point that the police are not, in fact, protecting them. They therefore need to protect themselves. It is a backhanded slap at both the corruption and racism in some police units but also a slap at the right-wing “gun advocates” who march around armed.

  • Mimi SassMouf Brooks

    But white men can walk into Target, Walmart, or a shopping mall or public street with practically mini guns and hand grenades and nobody says a damn thing? Please, keep your Mcgruff the crime dog ideas leashed, this is a lot bigger than you realize.

    • edmurfman

      You’re the biggest dumbass in the world

      • stveg51

        No, you are the dumbass.

    • right-handedlefty

      a black man get shot dead in walmart for holding a fake gun a few weeks ago- he was telling the cop it was fake as the cop shot him- white men can but not black men

  • Sandy Greer

    Oh, the irony! First – complaints that white Open Carry will march in a black neighborhood. Now – complaints about black Open Carry.

    Well. But this pretty much blows the lid off the spin that ‘gun nuts’ are all crazy white Southern racist rednecks. Just fancy that.

    LMFAO at the confusion of Cognitive Dissonance.

    There’s a gun in a home, and on a person, near you. All races, and even – all sexes. Deal with it.

  • Tony Baize

    So… you don’t want black people to have the right to adequately and effectively defend themselves.
    That seems a little bit racist to me.

    • bobfairlane

      Go to Liberia! You can have full automatic weapons, and play with them in the streets. And everybody’s black!

  • Eg Kbbs

    Why does this sound like the escalation phase of an arms race ? Is the next step kabloom ?

  • Really?

    But is’s OK if the police kill innocent people in the crossfire, or while raiding the wrong homes?

  • Nathan Frigerio

    Why not? If the white gun nuts can do it, I see no reason for blacks not to do it. Like CE Lee said, will the tea party defend their rights as legal gun owners, will the nra?Perhaps we all should carry. I don’t because I can’t afford a Colt Python .357. Sweet gun.As Terry Pratchett said : May you live in interesting times. Well, it doesn’t get any more interesting than this.

    • Void

      “Well, it doesn’t get any more interesting than this.”

      Sure it does 😉

  • Void

    As a white man, I am opposed to racism in all forms and from all colors and tribes of people, but the resistance of oppression and the security of the community is exactly why the 2nd amendment exists… Liberty should be enjoyed by all people of all classes and all colors equally, and any oppressors, those who would strip that liberty, should meet resistance at the hands of the people they oppress. I hope it does not happen in a racist fashion (we can all act stronger together), but I am fully in support of these peoples’ rights to defend themselves and their communities, and I would love to meet some of them.

  • Void

    “It’s 2014, we don’t need citizens marching around our neighborhoods, and into our businesses, with loaded AK-47′s or AR-15′s strapped to their backs.”

    You know what? The author is right. It’s 2014 — we have access to Tavors and other more modern firearms now, we don’t need to carry those old fogeys around anymore. Someone might want to let these folks know about that.

  • Tillmann Puschka

    500 years from now, America will likely still be struggling with racism that stems from white supremacy. I don’t know how long it would take for the evolutionary process to work its magic and eliminate obvious (visual) differences in skin color, but, as the atmosphere around the planet continues to deteriorate, maybe skin cancer will step in as an unlikely ally and help eliminate the forces that have retarded progress in race relations ever since the advent of slavery in America.

  • stveg51

    How do you bunch of Texas paranoid, bigoted morons like it now? LOL

  • Willie

    bring it white people bring it

  • God this is such White liberal drivel. “A gun nut is a gun nut”, pretty easy to say when you’re not the one being killed. This isn’t a group of Black people “dishing out justice” its Black people being killed by cops without cause defending themselves.So called progressives and their useless garbage. People have a right to defend themselves from police violence. You speak like a privileged upper middle class kid who has never experienced it.

  • the people.

    Clifton you are a idiot, you’re basically talking about cops this group has harmed no one cops have killed hundreds of thousands since their existing a swat team stormed a home and threw a granade in a baby crib where the baby was sleeping, so me and the rest of our country that has woken up disagree with you.

  • Danielle Ratcliff

    Who’s Afraid of the Huey P Newton Gun Club? The so-called “Forward Progressives,” of course, lol!

    “If you want to start neighborhood watch programs, great. If you want to form groups that raise awareness within your community about potential crime, how to report it and how to prevent crimes from happening, go right ahead. Heck, if you want to try to create outreach programs to improve relationships between law enforcement officials and local communities that’s an even better idea.”

    What reactionary, patronizing, liberal drivel.

  • Danielle Ratcliff

    But don’t talk about revolution

    Cause that’s going a little bit too far

    So love me, love me, love me, I’m a Forward Progressive!

  • bobfairlane

    Quit putting down purple people. Purple people never hurt anybody.

  • Kyle Davinski

    It’s about time black folks!!!! Good on ya for using the rights of equality many civil rights leaders fought and died for. I’m all for open carry, and for ANYONE who wants to exercise that freedom for a useful purpose.

    Only ignorant people can’t understand that it’s not the guns you can see that they should worry about. All the laws in the world won’t stop a criminal from having one, so why should we!

    I do have to say though, a black militia! Never thought I’d see the day….. and msnbc would like you all to believe all black folk are democrats! El oh el