Lest we go a day here at TTAG without pointing out some of the blatant hypocrisy of Moms Demand Action, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bloomberg Industries, here’s a fun one. The above photo was tweeted from the official Moms Demand Action account earlier today with no explanation. While it’s beyond my skillset to tease out the true meaning of this, I was just pleased that they’ve finally gotten onboard with shall issue carry…
As I assume all gun owners know that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was denied a permit to carry a concealed weapon. He applied for the permit after his house was firebombed, a fact detailed by Adam Winkler in his book, Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America. Dr. John Lott was no fan of Winkler’s book, but it appears that the fact remains that Dr. King applied for and was denied a permit to carry a gun. That denial, according to Winkler, was based on the color of Dr. King’s skin.
It is worth noting that Dr. King got rid of the gun he owned and encouraged others to follow in the steps of nonviolence as he conveyed in his writings about the firebombing, his denial of a right to carry, and subsequent embrace of nonviolence.
After the bombings, many of the officers of my church and other trusted friends urged me to hire a bodyguard and armed watchmen for my house. When my father came to town, he concurred with both of these suggestions. I tried to tell them that I had no fears now and consequently needed no weapons for protection. This they would not hear. They insisted that I protect the house and family, even if I didn’t want to protect myself. In order to satisfy the wishes of these close friends and associates, I decided to consider the question of an armed guard. I went down to the sheriff’s office and applied for a license to carry a gun in the car; but this was refused.
Meanwhile I reconsidered. How could I serve as one of the leaders of a nonviolent movement and at the same time use weapons of violence for my personal protection? Coretta and I talked the matter over for several days and finally agreed that arms were no solution. We decided then to get rid of the one weapon we owned. We tried to satisfy our friends by having floodlights mounted around the house, and hiring unarmed watchmen around the clock. I also promised that I would not travel around the city alone.
I was much more afraid in Montgomery when I had a gun in my house. When I decided that I couldn’t keep a gun, I came face-to-face with the question of death and I dealt with it. From that point on, I no longer needed a gun nor have I been afraid. Had we become distracted by the question of my safety we would have lost the moral offensive and sunk to the level of our oppressors.
Where was I? Oh right. MDA finally getting onboard with shall issue. Dr. King had every right to use the best tools available to him including a firearm to defend himself from those who sought to harm him. Due to the racist powers that be at the time, he was denied these rights under the rule of law. Some might call that an injustice.