20 January 2013

Did Martin Luther King Support Gun Rights?


Well, it's a bit complicated. You judge:


Amid the clamor for new gun laws, its appropriate to remember King's complicated history with guns. Most people think King would be the last person to own a gun. Yet in the mid-1950s, as the civil rights movement heated up, King kept firearms for self-protection. In fact, he even applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon. A recipient of constant death threats, King had armed supporters take turns guarding his home and family. He had good reason to fear that the Klan in Alabama was targeting him for assassination. William Worthy, a journalist who covered the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, reported that once, during a visit to King's parsonage, he went to sit down on an armchair in the living room and, to his surprise, almost sat on a loaded gun. Glenn Smiley, an adviser to King, described King's home as "an arsenal." ~ Adam Winkler
Compare that, with this:

There is something incredibly disturbing behind the assumption that Martin Luther King, who gave his life advocating for peace and non-violence, would support something called Gun Appreciation Day.  ~ Kevin Levin

The history of gun control, the NRA, and who has supported and opposed various attempts to gut the 2nd amendment is a bit more complicated than so-called experts are claiming. The only constant in the debate is the 2nd amendment - the original words are still intact, as is their meaning. And, for that, we can all be thankful; regardless of what our skin color is.

And just one more thing, could we please stop with the "deer-hunting" mantra over the 2nd amendment? You make yourself look really stupid. Any 8th-grader can figure out pretty quickly that that was NOT what the 2nd amendment was written for. As the SCOTUS held in Heller:

The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. The Antifederalists feared that the Federal Government would disarm the people in order to disable the citizens' militia, enabling a politicized standing army or a select militia to rule. The response was to deny Congress power to abridge the ancient right of individuals to keep and bear arms.

That's from the highest court in the land. The 2nd amendment has nothing to do with hunting. 'Nuff said?


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