New Minority Gun Club in Dallas is Stirring Up Plenty of Controversy

In Dallas, a group of gun-toting minority activists are going beyond anti-police protests. They are committed to protecting community members, and they’ve been training and demonstrating since August. They call themselves the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, a group formed out of the alliance of five different minority paramilitary organizations. The name itself, as well as some of the founding members, are tied to the Black Panthers, and “Black Power” is their rallying call.

Darren X, one of the leaders explains, “We accept all oppressed people of color [black and brown] with weapons. 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’.” Dallas police have shot at least 185 people since 2002, and 74 percent of those who sustained fatal injuries have been black and Hispanic.

The group has received support from an unlikely quarter. Russell Wilson, a bureau chief in the Dallas district attorney’s office, has said, “They have an absolute right to do what they do. He thinks they may be “restoring some people’s confidence and saying, ‘We’re not going to keep getting pushed around here.'” Many observers are acutely uncomfortable with the group, however, with their rhetoric and with the idea of an armed group ready to stand in resistance to police authority.

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