2nd Amendment

Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Arsenal of Guns’ Show He Was All About The 2nd Amendment!

The left is known for shamelessly rewriting history to fit their agenda, and we can be sure to expect much of that during the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

One such historical revision is to distort Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Dream” to include restrictions on gun ownership.

But one little known fact disputes this mischaracterization – Martin Luther King owned many guns, and is on record for applying for a concealed weapon license!

From liberal Huffington Post:

Most people think King would be the last person to own a gun. Yet in the mid-1950s, as the civil rights movement heated up, King kept firearms for self-protection. In fact, he even applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

A recipient of constant death threats, King had armed supporters take turns guarding his home and family. He had good reason to fear that the Klan in Alabama was targeting him for assassination.

William Worthy, a journalist who covered the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, reported that once, during a visit to King’s parsonage, he went to sit down on an armchair in the living room and, to his surprise, almost sat on a loaded gun. Glenn Smiley, an adviser to King, described King’s home as “an arsenal.”

In fact, gun control was one of the ways in which racists kept blacks from protecting themselves:

…in 1956, after King’s house was bombed, King applied for a concealed carry permit in Alabama. The local police had discretion to determine who was a suitable person to carry firearms. King, a clergyman whose life was threatened daily, surely met the requirements of the law, but he was rejected nevertheless. At the time, the police used any wiggle room in the law to discriminate against African Americans.

Gun defense – good enough for Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., good enough for you and me.

[Ed. Note: This post originally appeared at IJReview under the headline, “Leftists Use MLK’s ‘Dream’ To Push Gun Control, Ignoring His ‘Arsenal’ Of Guns”]