Wednesday afternoon, members of the “Open Carry Texas” group argued with those of the “New Black Panthers” over a demonstration they planned in a neighborhood with predominantly black community members. Tempers flared as the Panthers' representatives accused the gun activists of not really caring about the community.
Members of the group were met by a chorus of voices telling them to stay out of the neighborhood and warned they will be “matched gun-for-gun.”
“I'm going to tell you something homie, this is Fifth Ward, you ain't coming in here running nothing,” community activist Quanell X said while flanked by members of the New Black Panther Party, who were holding assault rifles.
The two groups sat across from one another at a small folding table under a tree near the intersection of Lockwood and Lyons to discuss the details of Saturday's upcoming event.
Local 2 Investigates counted 15 Houston police officers on-hand to monitor the meeting.
“You're coming into the Fifth Ward and to the black community as insurgents,” said Krystal Muhammad, with the New Black Panther Party.
“I beg your pardon?” said David Amad, with Open Carry Texas.
“You are insurgents,” said Muhammad.
So it sounds like they weren't too welcome.
“Let me just say for the record, we don't want you here,” said Kathy Blueford-Daniels, president of Fifth Ward Super Neighborhood No. 55.
One of the Black Panther representatives, Quanell X, said that the community didn't trust them, and that they'll be out to protect and defend themselves because “their moments are out of control.”
Does he believe they Open Carry Texas members want to go mow down black women and children with their AK-47s?
In any case, the Open Carry group has gotten in trouble for their antics at Chipotle, Target, Walmart and other places, who turned around and asked that the public not bring their guns after the public furor. In light of such events, I'm not sure this is the wisest course for them.
The demonstration is planned for Saturday.