DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Following the terrorist attack in Orlando a wave of support was seen for the LGBTQ community across the country, and now in Texas an unlikely group is offering a gesture of solidarity to those within that community.
Open Carry Texas says they have launched a social media campaign offering their members to serve as safety escorts for anyone attending PRIDE events throughout Texas.
Rick Briscoe, the legislative director for the group says, “we simply are offering that at various parades and events and so on we will walk with them.”
Briscoe says their members are always armed and with more than just guns.
“We will be armed with cell phones to be able to call 911 should there be an incident,” says Briscoe.
The offer is a sign of solidarity with the LGBTQ community in the wake of all the grief and fear many are dealing with following the Pulse Nightclub murders of 49 people in Orlando last weekend.
Member of the LGBTQ community in Dallas are sharing mixed reactions about the offer.
Will Turner, of the Dallas Red Foundation says he appreciates the gesture as long as it isn’t some kind of a public relations stunt.
“I’m hoping that this is a genuine effort on their part to sort of bridge the gap sort of speak,” says Turner.
Howver, Oliviar Zitoun prefers to have police do the job.
“I don’t believe in my heart that the LGBT need arm people walking with them,” says Zitoun.
Open Carry Texas leaders say they will only be present if their presence is requested.
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