Would Dr. King Have Supported ‘Gun Appreciation Day’?
Some people celebrated King’s holiday by appreciating their right to bear arms.
Larry Ward, Chairman of Gun Appreciation Day, appeared on Al Sharpton's show and said that Martin Luther King Jr. would have approved of Gun Appreciation Day. He supported his assumption by pointing out the King once applied for and was denied a gun permit. Sharpton took apart his argument, attesting that King was later glad he had been turned down for the permit and said he would never carry a gun again.
Ward pushed the issue as a civil right. “Dr.King fought for equal opportunity, and we look at cities like Chicago and New York that have a majority of minorities in it right now and those cities themselves do not grant the same access the same equal opportunity that somebody in Texas would have to defend themselves.”
The two men appeared on MSNBC to also discuss Wards conclusion that “slavery would not have happened if slaves were armed.” Sharpton then pointed out that armed slave rebellions of the early 19th century failed to liberate any slaves. By the end of the interview, Ward said he stands by his statements, seeming a bit indifferent to Sharpton's arguments. (Mediaite)