Pro gun advocates say the darnedest things, don’t they?
During an interview with CNN, Larry Ward, chairman of something called Gun Appreciation Day, proclaimed that if African Americans had been armed at the founding of our nation, slavery never would have happened.
He also said that his Gun Appreciation Day- scheduled for two days prior to Martin Luther King Day – actually honors Dr. King’s legacy.
“We are looking for a peaceful protest,” Ward said. Continuing, “I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history.”
Maria Roach, founder of United for Change USA, an organization dedicated to prison reform and gun violence prevention, called Ward’s comments simply “ridiculous.”
“Slavery means that you are a possession,” she said on CNN. “Slaves were a possession, just like a gun.” She continued to criticize Ward for celebrating weapons just two days before celebrating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., who was assassinated in 1968 by a single shot.
Meanwhile, a petition has been created online demanding that Gun Appreciation Day be stopped. The petition specifically cites its close proximity to Dr. King Day as a “slap in the face to Americans who value life and freedom!”
Thoughts on this man’s ridiculous assertion?
Is there anything gun advocates won’t say to protect their right to pack heat?
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