National African American Gun Association: law-abiding, necessary

National African American Gun Association: law-abiding, necessary

—SCREENSHOT Most people would be shocked to know that Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. applied for a license to carry one of the several guns that he kept for self-protection and family protection at his home, which was described by an eyewitness as an “arsenal.” And as reported in the Miami Herald in 2016, Charles E. Cobb Jr., a former field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and author of “This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible” stated, “If you went to King’s (Montgomery, Ala.) house in 1955 or 1956, there were guns. When they bombed his house in 1956, his first instinct was to apply for a gun permit …” In that same Miami Herald article, Adam Winkler, UCLA law professor and author of “Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms in America,” noted, “There is nothing in the history that suggests the Martin Luther King felt that guns weren’t useful for self-defense. Clearly, guns were used to protect (King) … (He) could not rely on the government.” Guns were used by the Deacons for Defense, which was founded in 1964 in Jonesboro, La. to protect against attacks by the KKK. In fact, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration points out that the Deacons for Defense was “made up of Black veterans from World War II who believed in armed self-defense. About 20 chapters were created throughout Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama … (They) provided protection for […]

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