The pro-gun group Open Carry Texas recently canceled an armed march in a predominantly African-American neighborhood in Houston, Tx., for the second time this summer.
Open Carry Texas had planned an armed demonstration this Saturday in the Fifth Ward, but changed their minds this week.
Fifth Ward residents met with activist Quanell X and members of Open Carry Texas to try to coordinate the event, but could not come to an agreement, noted ABC 13.
According to YourHoustonNews.com, Open Carry Texas released a statement that read in part:
Since the joint meeting in 5th Ward on Wednesday, several members of the community have reached out to us with a heartfelt desire to work together to make a 5th Ward event possible. It became obvious over the past few days that certain individuals in the area were intentionally pitting us against the community.
After numerous phone calls and exchanges of emails with community leaders, the OCT board voted unanimously to postpone the event for a future date in order to give OCT and 5th Ward leadership an opportunity to overcome the controversy associated with this event.
“Our goal has always been to hold this demonstration with 5th Ward, not just in 5th Ward,” said OCT President CJ Grisham. “We have an opportunity to correct all the lies, miscommunication, and vitriol associated with this event and express our true intent. I’m more than happy to push this event back to make that happen.”
In June, Open Carry Texas called off an armed walk through the Fifth Ward because Grisham was not able to make it due to another demonstration in Big Spring, Tx., but the pro-gun group admitted that racial tensions existed.
"If you go marching through the Fifth Ward like a bunch of stuffy old white boys carrying guns and spitting tobacco you'll get a bad response, but if you go in there talking to people like human beings and explain what you're doing, the response will be different," David Amad, of Open Carry Texas, told the Houston Press.
Sources: Houston Press, ABC 13, YourHoustonNews.com