Humm. Now what do you think might be different about this group, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club as opposed to the traditional hunt club/country boy NRA affiliated gun groups?
We don’t want to cause any readers the temptation to draw conclusions, but also consider that the mainstream media covers open carry protests that have people that look a lot different than these folks.
In addition we’d like readers to consider the differences in rhetoric between the traditional NRA related groups (and the NRA itself), these groups speak about policing their own communities, they speak about protecting themselves against police violence. Why not the same kind of talk about the mythical ‘other’ that the traditional gun crowd likes to talk about? You know, the violent thugs that invade pristine communities and threaten the women and children. Again, we see a stark difference; one talks about protecting their community from establishment while the other talks about protecting themselves “in their homes” (a favorite phrase reflecting a culture of individualism) against those outsiders (reflecting also acceptance of a desire to preserve socially segregated communities).
It serves well to note who’s nervous in what setting. While police have repeatedly been shown being respectful some citizens that open carry, even when they may potentially threaten the public safety, it doesn’t take much for cops to get real jumpy about the wrong people and some perceived threat these wrong people pose to their person.
Black Open Carry Protesters Are Marching On Capitol Against Police Brutality
From counter current news, link to story at bottom
They call themselves the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, named after the co-founder of the Black Panther Party For Self Defense. Like the defunct organization which called for reform of community policing, demanding that police come from the neighborhoods they serve, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club says they are marching “to promote self-defense and community policing” in response to the recent high profile stories about police shooting unarmed African Americans across the country.
To the protesters, “community policing” is more than just a word. Communities should be protected by members of the community, and held accountable. Ironically this was the original vision for community policing, articulated in 1812 by Sir Robert Peel. That’s right, it may surprise many to discover that our communities have only had police as we know them for a little over 200 years. Even then, it took a little while for Peel’s concept of police forces to make its way to the United States. Since then it has become a norm that many cannot imagine a time before.
In Texas, the Huey P. Newton Gun Club are following in the footsteps of Newton, who was a law major, striving to stay within the bounds of legality. Though the historical Black Panthers had a notable slip-up which led to then Governor Ronald Reagan signing the Mulford Act which prohibited carrying loaded guns in public space. The goal of the Panthers, as they explained it, was to assert the rights of the people to defend themselves against corrupt police, within the bounds of the law. The Huey P. Newton Gun Club says that’s exactly what they are doing today with their open carry protests.
Police have kept a close eye on the protesters, while also trying to keep their distance. One officer we talked to said “there’s really nothing we can do about it. Open carry protests are not against the law.”
Others refused to comment.
For rest of story visit Countercurrentnews
Who says, besides you, that the NRA isn’t supporting this group?
Its a fact that many have observed. Also, its worth nothing that in Ferguson, Missouri and elsewhere gun groups came out to “protect” shop owners from looters, supporting the general idea that people of color are violent animals from which regular folks should protect themselves. This theme is in fact part and parcel of NRA rallying points for years. So much so that when Michael Moore in his “Bowling for Columbine” movie confronted then spokesman Charlton Heston about the racist dog whistles in NRA messaging, he couldn’t get around it and finally left the room.
Again, how much demonstration of solidarity is there with open carry groups even in Texas and the up and coming New Black Panthers? Wouldn’t gun groups have to go back on much of their scorning and critical language about the original Black Panthers? Hummm..
Repeating a statement doesn’t make it any truer than the first time. What evidence do you have that the NRA doesn’t support the NBP?
If you take off your racist googles, you would have noted that some of those gun owners were minorities protecting minority businesses. You would not that people of color weren’t the only protesters in places like Ferguson — so are you saying that white people are racist for trying to stop white protesters ? Or are you saying only people of color protested Michael Browns death after he tried to pummel and kill the white police officer?
And if Michael Moore is the best you’ve got, you are in sad shape in deed. By the time Bowling for Columbine came out, his disgusting and manipulative tactics were known. Why should anyone interview with him if he was just going to lie about it — like he did in Roger and Me?
The story that launched Moore’s ascent into the American celebrity firmament was Roger and Me, his searing documentary indictment of American capitalism. The whole story revolves around Moore’s many earnest and shambling attempts to get an interview with Roger Smith, the ruthless, plant-closing, layoff-notice-issuing, scorched-earth-policy General Motors chairman.
That whole story, it turns out, revolves around a fiction.
Moore actually did interview Smith. At least once (according to Ralph Nader and CNN). But in Roger and Me, all you see is Moore schlepping his hard-luck way through the ruins of America’s industrial heartland in that charming and dishevelled way of his. The truth ended up on the cutting room floor.
So — do you have any evidence the NRA isn’t supportive or do you just want to stomp your feet and keep repeating it over and over again?