Why Martin Luther King Couldn't Get a Carry Permit

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Make a liberals head explode with the truth

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After his home was bombed in 1956, Martin Luther King Jr. applied for a permit to carry a gun. Despite the potentially deadly threats that King faced as a leader of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott, the county sheriff, Mac Sim Butler, said no.

Next week the Supreme Court will consider a challenge to a New York law similar to the Alabama statute that empowered local officials like Butler to decide who could exercise the constitutional right to bear arms. The briefs urging the Court to overturn New York's statute include several from African-American organizations that emphasize the long black tradition of armed self-defense, the racist roots of gun control laws, and their disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities.

"I went to the sheriff to get a permit for those people who are guarding me," King told fellow protest organizers at a February 1956 meeting. "In substance, he was saying, 'You are at the disposal of the hoodlums.'"..
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“May issue” over “shall issue” and giving local officials (police) discretion arbitrarily over constitutional rights is racist.
Aka the system alive and well in liberal Massachusetts
 

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Why should the law abiding be the only ones allowed to carry, anyway? Doesn’t a hooker deserve protection from her John’s and pimp? Shouldn’t the white collar embezzler be able to protect himself from his victims?
 

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Why should the law abiding be the only ones allowed to carry, anyway? Doesn’t a hooker deserve protection from her John’s and pimp? Shouldn’t the white collar embezzler be able to protect himself from his victims?
Point of order.

The white collar embezzlers have access to carry permits and guns because they have power.....and money.

The new York carry permit scheme is designed to keep the poor unarmed.
 

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"Legal" carry is less important than "Always" carry... ~Enbloc
 

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at one time, new york was a very violent city...not that it isn't still today...and politicians started putting laws in place that they feel good about and they specialize in, laws that protect people from themselves. the problem today is, and always has been, to change these laws once they've been entrenched for so long. we see that everywhere really. it's maddening.
 
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