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MLK, His Guns, His Dream, Our Movement
January 21, 2013
Some little-known facts about the father of the American civil rights movement and non-violence "guru" — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — and his history with guns:
• MLK kept firearms in his house for self-protection.
• MLK's house was once described as "an arsenal."
• MLK applied for a concealed-carry permit after his house was bombed. (He was denied.)
• MLK surrounded himself and his family with armed bodyguards.
Many in the civil-rights movement continued to carry guns after MLK gave them up. Ironically, the assassinations of MLK and US Senator Robert Kennedy helped open the "policy window" needed to pass the Gun Control Act of 1968.
One has to wonder about these things.
Murder has always been illegal and yet murder still happens.
People (like MLK) willfully disarm themselves in the name of peace and non-violence and yet peaceful/non-violent people continue to be murdered in cold blood.
Gun restrictions keep getting tighter and tighter and yet murders continue to be committed with guns (and other weapons), both legal and illegal.
The "Health Ranger," Mike Adams, recently made a silly video proving that guns don't kill people:
Nope. Not one of those guns jumped up and killed anyone. Imagine that.
When one examines the problem in all honesty (I said: honesty), one has to conclude that weaponry is not the cause of murder.
Jesus said: "For out of the heart come evil thoughts — murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what defile a person..." ()
Jeremiah the prophet said: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" ()
It really doesn't take a genius IQ to figure out that murder is first conceived in — and proceeds out of — the heart and mind of man.
Not from the barrel of a gun.
Or the claw of a hammer.
Or the heel of a jackboot.
Over this past weekend, thousands of people across the nation gathered to protest past, present and coming encroachments on the right to bear arms. Some were carrying; some were not.
Please note the irony: Peaceful, non-violent protests involving weaponry by people who do not want to murder, or be murdered.
One could almost imagine this becoming a movement.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream.
We, the people of all ages, races and religions who live in and love this country, have a dream, too.
We have a dream that our halls of legislation and courts of justice will one day be free from greedy and contentious elements who would co-opt and corral the power therein toward their own nefarious ends.
We have a dream that our Constitution will one day be held in high esteem by all who take an oath to uphold it and that the unalienable rights enumerated therein will be freely accessible to all without fear of reprisals, recriminations, or "indefinite detention."
We have a dream that one day freedom will ring across all our lands, lakes, rivers and seas and that our homes, schools, businesses, governments and places of worship will be free from infiltration, surveillance and oppression.
And when that day comes?
Thank the great God Almighty, because we will be free at last.
Edited by Barefoot Christian on Jan 21, 2013 7:21 PM