A group of open-carry enthusiasts attended a march Friday evening in Dallas with the intention of “keeping the protest peaceful.”
The group, dressed in camouflage and toting assault-style weapons, apparently felt a need to ensure that the Mothers Against Police Brutality rally did not get out of line.
The protesters called for an end to police brutality in light of the Freddy Gray incident last month in Baltimore, in which the suspect after arrest was taken to a hospital and died soon after with a nearly severed spine.
According to witnesses at the march, police acted aggressively and intimidated the protesters, while their gun-happy brothers threatened the group with violence.
One self-appointed guardian of the peace, Murdoch Pizgatti, wrote on Facebook:
We value the 1st amendment as much as the 2nd amendment. We are not only at the event tonight out of solidarity against police overreach and abuse. We are here because this is our community too, we will not just sit and watch on TV as a few misguided people use this as an opportunity to loot.”
There was no violence or looting during the protest, and it seems, according to Pizgatti, the 1st Amendment only applies to Open-Carry members, not peaceful demonstrations against abuse and brutality.
According to open-carry laws in the state of Texas, citizens are permitted to carry loaded assault weapons in public. They are not required to have a background check or have any kind of weapons training.
One response to the Facebook post was “Mow ’em down! ROTFL.”
Open Carry freaks hope to go on the ultimate hunting trip.
One Freddie Gray supporter reports that the violent ‘militia’ harassed them.
Armed right-wing Teabagger terrorists threaten peaceful protestors.
Here is another right-wing terrorist taking the law into his own hands.
Open-Carry freaks just itching to shoot some brown people.
“It’s not about a race war” – but these open carry freaks are OVERT racist right-wing tea baggers, and radical Christian Taliban extremists.
Another open-carry extremist who thinks he’s Rambo.