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  •  And he went on to reject violence after that. (1+ / 0-)
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    True, in 1956. After that, however, Dr. King came to reject violence as a solution, and never in fact fired a gun in self defense. He became a public advocate for non-violence and an exemplar of its power.

    After the assassination of John F. Kennedy in 1963, Dr. King said, "So in a sense we are all participants in that horrible act that tarnished the image of our nation. By our silence, by our willingness to compromise principle, by our constant attempt to cure the cancer of racial injustice with the Vaseline of gradualism, by our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim, by allowing our movie and television screens to teach our children that the hero is one who masters the art of shooting and the technique of killing, by allowing all these developments, we have created an atmosphere in which violence and hatred have become popular pastimes."

    In the end, he himself was a victim of gun violence, despite having armed guards, just as were JFK and RFK.

    Dr. King still advocated non-violence, and spoke out against gun culture, even as he himself faced threats every day. Still a moral icon for me.

    •  Lethal force is a method of last resort. I (5+ / 0-)

      am a big fan of non-violent ways to get what you want. Whether that's situational awareness and staying out of dangerous areas/situations or running away or other options, I'd rather NOT shoot anyone. (Of course, I'm also discussing self defense situations, not using violence as a tool to get your way politically.)

      Guess I'm just human like that.

      But if there is no other recourse, resorting to lethal force is completely justified under the right circumstances.

      By the way, I never said MLK Jr wasn't a moral icon.

      Republicans cause more damage than guns ever will. Share Our Wealth

      by KVoimakas on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 09:33:05 AM PDT

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    •  He rejected violence as a solution.... (3+ / 0-)
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      for political change.

      I don't believe he ever rejected violence as a possibility for personal defense outside of a political activity.

      Did I miss something?

      Your hate-mail will be graded.

      by PavePusher on Tue Apr 30, 2013 at 02:23:53 PM PDT

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