Black Community To Open Carry Texas: ‘You Are Not Welcome Here’
It’s not like we didn’t warn them. Open Carry Texas had this nifty plan to march in Houston’s Fifth Ward, a predominately black area. The braintrusts from the Open Carry group created so much tension at a meeting over their plans to hold a gun protest there on Saturday that one person shouted, “You are not welcome here today or Saturday.” That sentiment appeared to be unanimous among the people of that community.
It was one side against the other: The Open Carry group with their fearless leader C.J. Grisham, and on the other sat the largely African American community concerned over the demonstration.
“We think that an armed society is a polite society,” Grisham said. “We want to encourage citizens in the Fifth Ward to take back their community from the criminal element.”
Don’t you just love a bunch of mostly white guys marching into a black neighborhood with long guns strapped to their backs, telling another community how to live?
The meeting was organized to discuss Open Carry’s plans for the upcoming demonstration. In the past, participants have openly displayed their shotguns in protest over current state laws that prohibit Texans from openly carrying handguns. And even though the gathering began with handshakes, emotions rapidly boiled over as opponents questioned the group’s motives and accused them of being racist.
“We have a bad history with white men who would come into the 5th ward with guns in the name of a lynch mob,” activist Quanell X said.
Houston police stood nearby to watch as both sides squared off.
It got this bad: There were a few Open Carry opponents displaying their own weapons and urged the group to cancel their plans.
“All they’re trying to do is provoke these young people,” Kathy Daniels, the president of the local civic club said. “We’re trying to settle this. We don’t want them here period.”
Still yet, Grisham is not backing down.
“If people tell you not to exercise a right, do you not exercise that right?” Grisham asked.
According to Grisham, members of his group will discuss possibly altering some of their tactics but still planned to gather there on Saturday.
Grisham cancelled the last event to be held in the Fifth Ward because he decided instead to speak at a John Birch Society meeting. He called me the biggest liar on the Internet, until I produced a picture on Twitter of him speaking at that same event, which his own wife posted. Still yet, I’m a liar, he said.
Guys, if you want to get to know the people of the Fifth Ward, the best idea is to go unarmed. I live in such an area. Instead of being told, “You’re not welcome here,” I was welcomed with open arms. I did not move here brandishing weapons. I came here with good intentions, not an agenda.
Watch courtesy of KHOU:
As for ‘An armed society is a polite society,’ as Grisham claims, I’ll just leave you with this picture of Open Carry activists from March of this year.
Doesn’t that image just scream “polite society”?
H/T: My BFF @ComgenKDT with thanks.