Katie Pavlich
Oh Hollywood, they just can't help but judge people by their skin color, rather than the content of their character. They aren't always good at being funny, but they never seem to fail at showing their own bigotry and ignorance.


Now, let's get to some substance. First off, I know this is supposed to be a "funny video" but there's nothing funny about Sarah Silverman pointing a gun at her head. Gun safety 101. Second, there are a whole bunch of young black men in Chicago who have illegal guns and they're killing each other by the hundreds every year. Third, leave it to the liberals to section off groups of people based on skin color. Of course we can't just have the NRA, a civil rights organization open to people of every shape, size and color, we have to have a "black" NRA. Fourth, people like Silverman could learn a thing or two about black men owning guns from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Most people think King would be the last person to own a gun. Yet in the mid-1950s, as the civil rights movement heated up, King kept firearms for self-protection. In fact, he even applied for a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

A recipient of constant death threats, King had armed supporters take turns guarding his home and family. He had good reason to fear that the Klan in Alabama was targeting him for assassination.

William Worthy, a journalist who covered the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, reported that once, during a visit to King's parsonage, he went to sit down on an armchair in the living room and, to his surprise, almost sat on a loaded gun. Glenn Smiley, an adviser to King, described King's home as "an arsenal."

As I found researching my new book, Gunfight, in 1956, after King's house was bombed, King applied for a concealed carry permit in Alabama. The local police had discretion to determine who was a suitable person to carry firearms. King, a clergyman whose life was threatened daily, surely met the requirements of the law, but he was rejected nevertheless. At the time, the police used any wiggle room in the law to discriminate against African Americans.

Ironically, the concealed carry permit law in Alabama was promoted by the National Rifle Association thirty years earlier.

I'll leave you with the following videos.



Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is the News Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her new book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, will be published on July 8, 2014.

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