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"Right To Carry" Walk Planned In Texas Neighborhood
A Texas gun-rights advocacy group is planning a walk through one of Houston's historically-black neighborhood's.
The aim of is to educate people on their second-amendment rights.
The idea is not sitting well with some members of the community.
"If they come with their weapons I'm quite sure they'll be a lot of us with weapons also."
A not so subtle message from community activist Quanell X. But members of Open Carry Texas say their motivations are being misjudged.
"We've done 2,000 of these walks that haven't been in 5th Ward. It's not like we just decided, 'hey, let's wave guns around and go to a black neighborhood and do it.'"
David Amad says the groups message is simply to educate all americans about gun rights. He also says he's seen African Americans treated differently than whites during similar events where people openly carry weapons in support of the 2nd amendment.
"I don't need a brick to fall out of the sky to tell me that there's some kid of racism involved and I don't like racism."
"If this is about gun rights, we can educate our own people about gun rights."
"Coming like this is totally unacceptable. So if you do come, I guarantee you we will not bring a butter knife to a gun fight."
Amad was genuinely surprised by Quanell's words, saying he's spoke to him about Saturday's event and even agreed to meet with him and community in advance to go over the details.
"I've talked to that man 3 times today and none of our conversations were confrontational like that."
Open Carry Texas has seen controversy before when members walked into restaurants and retail stores carrying rifles and pistols. But Amad says the goal is not to stir debate, but to let people know the right to bear arms applies to everyone.
"The black community has got its butt kicked for quite some time, we're going there to help with that, to help put a stop to that, why in the world wouldn't he want us to come?"
"We don't need somebody from the outside coming in with guns, who historically have not been friends of our community."