Open Carry Texas planned a march in Houston’s Fifth Ward, a predominantly black area of the city, but when leaders from the area and the group met, things quickly got heated.
Protestors, some of them armed, of the controversial group shouted, “You are not welcome here today or Saturday.” And the Fifth Ward’s leaders questioned the open carry group’s motives and also accused them of being racist.
“If they come with their weapons, I’m quite sure they’ll be a lot of us with weapons also,” Quannel X, an area activist, told local media.
“If this is about gun rights, we can educate our own people about gun rights,” Quanell X said. “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.”
In response to instigating violence, Quanell X said, “I’m advocating for them not to come, I’m advocating for them to stay home, to stay in their own community. We don’t need somebody from the outside coming in with guns, who historically have not been friends of our community.”
OCT is scheduled to gather in the area on Saturday, however, the group’s leaders said they may alter some of their plans.
“In the end, I think it’s best to keep our word. We said we were coming for a peaceful event, so let’s have a peaceful event, at the very least on our side of the street,” said C.J. Grisham, president of OCT, in a statement on Facebook. “Let’s show them we believe in 2nd Amendment equality. Let’s prove that we are diversive. Let’s highlight our dedication to our constitutional principles.”