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Today's episode of "Limbaugh said whaaaat?":

"If a lot of African-Americans back in the '60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma?"

Apparently El Rushbo thinks a viable end to a shameful legacy including hundreds of years of slavery and human rights abuses in this nation could have been an armed uprising by African Americans--the quintessential expression of Second Amendment rights by a segment of society already not being afforded their constitutional dues.

Here's how Martin Luther King, Jr. felt about using violence to change the system:
The non-violent resister accepts suffering without retaliating; accepts violence, but never commits it.
Complete transcript and audio after the jump

Limbaugh was reacting to comments that Tom Brokaw made   about possible changes in gun law.  Brokaw talked about the importance of speaking out despite pressure to maintain the status quo and drew parallels to the Civil Rights movement, when a lack of action led to widespread brutality perpetuated by people like Bull Connor in Alabama.


    LIMBAUGH: So those of you who are not mobilizing to change the Second Amendment, those of you who are not mobilizing to make it more difficult to get guns and weapons are the modern equivalent of people who sat around and let Bull Connor turn his dogs loose on the marches at Selma. Man, I -- the foundation of what you must believe to be this out of phase. And then he said they let Bull Connor and the redneck elements of the South and the Klan take over their culture, in effect become a face of it.

    Now Bull Connor and these guys are all Democrats. But you, in Tom Brokaw's eyes, you, who are trying to defend a civil right that you have by virtue of the Constitution are the modern equivalent of people who denied civil rights to blacks in the '60s in Tom Brokaw's view. And that has governed the way he sees this country ever since it happened. And a lot of other journalists, too.  

    Try this. If a lot of African-Americans back in the '60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma? I don't know, I'm just asking. If John Lewis, who says he was beat upside the head, if John Lewis had had a gun, would he have been beat upside the head on the bridge? Anyway, that's what we're -- and these people that think like Brokaw are all over the media. This is the way they're looking at this.  

Source:  Media Matters

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Originally posted to ProgLegs on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 01:09 PM PST.

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