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Old 01-16-2012, 06:51 PM
Location: Old Bellevue, WA
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The role of firearms in the civil rights fight of the 50's and 60's is little-noted. MLK Jr. Although King was an advocate of the ideas of Gandhi, like Gandhi he did not disdain self-defense. It is little-noted that King actually applied for a license to carry a gun, but was rejected by authorities.

King, Guns and Constitutional Carry by John Snyder - YouTube

A great book that I highly recommend is 'Radio Free Dixie' about King contemporary and interlocutor Robert F. Williams, who was a civil rights activist and NRA member:

Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power - Timothy B. Tyson - Google Books
Originally Posted by radio free dixie
"There were guns of all kinds," he recalled, "shotguns, rifles, and pistols. Sharecroppers were coming to the meeting armed." Thirty years later, when SNCC organizers came to Lowendes County, Alabama, black farmers showed up for meetings armed and ready. One black sharecropper told Stokely Carmichael, "You turn the other cheek, and you'll get handed half what you're sitting on." Robert Williams grew up in this tradition, and he was not the only one.

This sensibility was not foreign to Martin Luther King Jr.

Hillary's hero Eleanor Roosevelt was also no stranger to guns due to her activism for civil rights in the South.
Background | Liberals With Guns

Condi Rice has said that she is a 'Second Amendment Absolutist' due to her experiences growing up in Birmingham, Alabama during the Bull Conner era.

How far we have fallen when a Pres. Obama supports a total ban on semi-autos and a Gen. Eric Holder presides over the fraudulent 'Fast and Furious' in an effort to stifle gun rights.
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