Armed gun club aims to protect black neighborhoods in Dallas

The Huey P. Newton Gun Club, an armed self-defense group, has taken to the streets of Dallas to protect black neighborhoods from the police. The group first formed in August, following the highly publicized killings of African Americans Michael Brown Eric Garner by white cops. SEE ALSO: Hispanic groups missing in NYPD cop murders The wave of unrest that has swept through the country following the deaths of Garner and Brown has instigated a call for a widespread social revolution, in particular to put an end to racial profiling by police. This unrest is what helped spark the idea for the gun club, where local black citizens carry rifles and assault weapons in order to protect their neighborhoods not just from police violence, but from drug dealers and gang violence as well. Darren X, the national field marshal of the New Black Panther Party, told VICE, “The complete agenda involves going into our communities and educating our people on federal, state, and local gun laws. We want to stop fratricide, genocide—all the ‘cides.” According to VICE, some of the chants one might hear from the gun club include, “Justice for Michael Brown! Justice for Eric Garner!” and “Black power!” and “No more pigs in our community!” The gun club staged their first armed patrol in Dixon Circle in August, where police killed a young unarmed black man named James Harper in 2012. Since this inaugural march, donations have poured in from around the country in support of the idea of a black armed citizenry. Carrying shotguns and assault rifles is perfectly legal in Texas, while openly carrying handguns is not. The revolutionaries hold weekend fitness and self-defense classes for those who want to join the gun club. The Huey P. Newton Gun Club aims to even the playing field, arming themselves to avoid more black deaths at the hands of police, which has a particularly dismal record in Dallas. The Dallas Police Department have shot at least 185 people since 2002, with nearly 75 percent of the victims being black or Hispanic. Dallas’ African-American police chief, David Brown, supports the gun club’s mission. According to a local NBC outlet, Brown issued a statement saying, “The Dallas Police Department supports the constitutional rights of all.” SEE ALSO: Officer Darren Wilson will not face charges in shooting death of Michael Brown Brown’s own son, David Brown Jr., was killed by a cop after opening fire at the police in 2010. As for who qualifies for the club, Darren X said, “We accept all oppressed people of color with weapons.” To some, arming citizens to protect their communities against armed police may seem like a path to justice; to others, it may seem like a ticking time bomb.The post Armed gun club aims to protect black neighborhoods in Dallas appeared first on Voxxi.

The Huey P. Newton Gun Club, an organization formed in the wake of Michael Brown’s shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, last August.(HueyGunClub/Twitter)

The Huey P. Newton Gun Club, an armed self-defense group, has taken to the streets of Dallas to protect black neighborhoods from the police.

The group first formed in August, following the highly publicized killings of African Americans Michael Brown Eric Garner by white cops.

SEE ALSO: Hispanic groups missing in NYPD cop murders

The wave of unrest that has swept through the country following the deaths of Garner and Brown has instigated a call for a widespread social revolution, in particular to put an end to racial profiling by police.

This unrest is what helped spark the idea for the gun club, where local black citizens carry rifles and assault weapons in order to protect their neighborhoods not just from police violence, but from drug dealers and gang violence as well.

Darren X, the national field marshal of the New Black Panther Party, told VICE, “The complete agenda involves going into our communities and educating our people on federal, state, and local gun laws. We want to stop fratricide, genocide—all the ‘cides.”

According to VICE, some of the chants one might hear from the gun club include, “Justice for Michael Brown! Justice for Eric Garner!” and “Black power!” and “No more pigs in our community!”

The gun club staged their first armed patrol in Dixon Circle in August, where police killed a young unarmed black man named James Harper in 2012. Since this inaugural march, donations have poured in from around the country in support of the idea of a black armed citizenry.

Carrying shotguns and assault rifles is perfectly legal in Texas, while openly carrying handguns is not. The revolutionaries hold weekend fitness and self-defense classes for those who want to join the gun club.

The Huey P. Newton Gun Club aims to even the playing field, arming themselves to avoid more black deaths at the hands of police, which has a particularly dismal record in Dallas.

The Dallas Police Department have shot at least 185 people since 2002, with nearly 75 percent of the victims being black or Hispanic.

Dallas’ African-American police chief, David Brown, supports the gun club’s mission. According to a local NBC outlet, Brown issued a statement saying, “The Dallas Police Department supports the constitutional rights of all.”

SEE ALSO: Officer Darren Wilson will not face charges in shooting death of Michael Brown

Brown’s own son, David Brown Jr., was killed by a cop after opening fire at the police in 2010.

As for who qualifies for the club, Darren X said, “We accept all oppressed people of color with weapons.”

To some, arming citizens to protect their communities against armed police may seem like a path to justice; to others, it may seem like a ticking time bomb.

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