The Second Amendment Allows You to Defend Yourself

Erich Pratt in ———————————————– Fifty-five years ago today, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in our nation’s capital. People who visited Dr. King’s home described it as an arsenal. One journalist came to his house and later reported that while sitting down in an armchair, he almost landed right on a handgun. Not only that, after Dr. King’s home was bombed, he applied for a concealed carry permit in Alabama in 1956 . But he was denied. All of this just underscores the dangers of gun control. It turns our rights into privileges, allowing prejudiced officials to revoke the rights of decent people at will. We see this in the Black Codes which either prevented or discouraged the ability of African-Americans to protect themselves with firearms. This, of course, made them easy prey for the lynch mobs. One African-American journalist, Ida Wells, documented many of the lynchings that took place in the 19th Century. But she also noted that the only time blacks actually escaped the lynch mobs was when they “ had a gun and used it in self-defense .” This is why the Second Amendment is so important. It not only safeguards our right to defend ourselves against thugs, it protects that right when the thugs are wearing badges. The best-known example of this in American history is the colonists’ spirited defense against the British attempt to confiscate weapons and powder at Concord, […]

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