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24. Actual history is fascinating. MLK did own guns ...

MLK and His Guns
Adam Winkler
Professor of Law, UCLA
Posted: January 18, 2011 08:25 AM



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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."

As I found researching my new book, Gunfight, 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.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/adam-winkler/mlk-and-his-...


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was no stranger to the idea of self-defense. According to Annelieke Dirks, Even Martin Luther King Jr.the icon of nonviolenceemployed armed bodyguards and had guns in his house during the early stages of the Montgomery Bus Boycott in 1956. Glenn Smiley, an organizer of the strictly nonviolent and pacifist Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR), observed during a house visit that the police did not allow King a weapon permit, but that the place is an arsenal."<3> Efforts from those like Smiley convinced Dr. King that any sort of weapons or self-defense could not be associated with someone like him in the position that he held. Dr. King agreed.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deacons_for_Defense_and_Ju...
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