"MLK had a houseful of guns. Ironically, he was turned down for a carry permit, because, being African American, he was deemed by local law enforcement to be "not suitable.""
Yes - you heard that right... MLK was a gun owner.
RedState offered this piece about MLK's Arsenal And The Racist Roots Of Gun Control:
Here is an excerpt, and I invite you to read the entire article at RedState.
Martin Luther King, Jr., known for peaceful resistance, at the same time recognized the importance of gun ownership for self-defense. King understood the risks involved in being an outspoken civil rights leader, living in Jim Crow era Alabama, and took measures to protect himself, his family and others around him.
King was a gun owner. In fact, he had a few guns–one visitor to the King family home described King’s supply of weapons as an “armory.”
Additionally, William Worthy, a journalist who covered the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, reported that he almost sat on a loaded gun while visiting King’s parsonage.
King had also applied for a concealed carry permit, but was turned down. According to John M. Snyder:
“At one time, King applied for a permit to carry a concealed handgun, but was denied. He was concerned for his personal safety, just as are a lot of law-abiding American citizens. “
Even though King’s house had just been bombed, his application for the concealed carry permit was still rejected. Few people in the US needed a permit to carry more than Reverend King did in 1956, but since the local police had some discretion in their decision making, King, who no doubt met the requirements of the law, was rejected nonetheless. This was the norm when the applicant was black.
King obviously believed in protecting himself and his loved ones.
I don't think he would appreciate the gun control legislation which we are seeing thrust upon us because he knew that gun control was really about keeping guns out of the hands of people who others seek to oppress.
Another good example with regard to gun control (aka citizen disarmament) and the black population is this video from Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership entitled No Guns For Negroes
The video talks about how Chris Dodd's father copied Nazi Gun Laws and made them part of US legislation!