Is ‘Oath Keepers’ Placing Black Lives at Risk to Make a Point About ‘Open Carry’? (Video)

Sam Andrews, Oath Keepers
Oath Keepers member with a Ferguson protestor

*Oath Keepers plans to arm 50 Black people with AR-15 rifles while they march through Ferguson, Mo. in an experimental plan to test the state’s “Open Carry” law, according to Red Dirt Report.

I smell a rat.

Sam Andrews heads the Oath Keepers group in St. Louis County, Mo. He confirmed that the March will occur within the next “couple of weeks” and they plan to demonstrate to local enforcement officials the meaning and intent of Missouri’s open carry law.

Using Back people carrying AR-15 rifles.

Andrews is calling it an “iconic event,” and goes so far as to compare it to the Martin Luther King, Jr.-led March on Washington, D.C.

He also plans to cushion the targets…er, Black rifle-carrying folk, by surrounding them with Oath Keepers members.

So let me just go all out here and put it in a language you might better understand. You’ll have 50 Black folk walking down the streets of Ferguson, carrying assault rifles. And they will be surrounded by some White folk. I assume doing the same?

Do you smell a blood bath?

Now back to that assumption. Andrews and them actually may not be carrying rifles; and that is why he is inspired to hold the event. He was told by St. Louis County law enforcement officials that Oath Keepers members could not carry long-barrel rifles in city limits.

The plot thickens.

Oath Keepers members say they went to Ferguson, Mo., at the request of two journalists there to cover the one-year anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting.

The journalists, Joe Biggs and Jakari Jackson of, allegedly wanted Andrews to provide security at the events surrounding the anniversary, which included arrests and gunfire.

Come to find out, the journalists publicly said they didn’t ask Andrews to come and protect them from Ferguson protesters.

And while the group was there, they got into it with St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar over the state’s open carry law. And the confrontation was videotaped and placed on YouTube.

“My only problem is with the long guns and inciting these guys out here,” Belmar said, referring to the Ferguson protesters.

When asked specifically about the state’s open carry law, the chief said, “I have attorneys. I didn’t go to law school. I get what you guys stand for and probably agree with most of it. All I’m trying to do is manage this thing.”

At one point in the video, Andrews told Belmar, “We would like for you to respect the state law.”

At the end of the video, Belmar said, “I don’t want anything salacious or provocative” happening.

Because a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and another from The New York Times had been  beaten by protesters, Andrews felt obligated to protect the journalists. The Oath Keepers were armed with handguns and long-barrel rifles.

“At least my men know how to use them,” he said. “He (Belmar) was thumbing his nose at the legislature of the State of Missouri. It was like he couldn’t give a crap about the Bill of Rights or state law.”

When Andrews spoke with African American protesters about  the situation in Ferguson and their Second Amendment right to bear arms he said Oath Keepers never encountered any violence or profane language during their stay in Ferguson.

But here’s what they did say, and it is what I alluded to at the top. “Every person we talked to said if they carried they’d be shot by police.”

And Andrews continued, “That’s the reason we’re going to hold this event and it will be a legal demonstration,” he said.

“I’m sick and tired of law enforcement who doesn’t think they have to abide by the law. They’re narcissistic and that guy (Belmar) discredited my men.”

He’s sick and tired…

According to Andrews, most of the Oath Keepers who joined him in Ferguson are current or former military, including some who were in special operations units.

He says it was the presence of Oath Keepers that helped the violence in Ferguson subside.

“Before we got there, there had been 155 arrests and 57 shots fired. Once we got there with the reporters, there was not another shot fired and no arrests. The same thing occurred the next night. We changed the dynamic in Ferguson.”

I’m not saying that Oath Keepers are not sincere in what they are attempting. I just have a problem with them using Black folks, who Ferguson police are already looking for an excuse to silence, to do it.

Do you think a group of 50 Black folks bearing arms as they walk down the streets of Ferguson, Mo. is a good idea? Do YOU smell an excuse for a blood bath coming on?

Watch the video with Belmer and Oath Keepers (Steve Andrews in black skull cap) below


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