Forum Post: Both MLK and Gandhi believed in armed self defense, MLK even once applied for a concealed carry permit.
Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 24, 2013, 9:03 a.m. EST by nomdeguerre
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Gandhi: "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” http://democratsforgunownership.org/famous-quotes/
MLK: "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."" https://secure.huffingtonpost.com/adam-winkler/mlk-and-his-guns_b_810132.html
Among MLK's armed guards: The Deacons. "The Deacons for Defense and Justice were a black self-defense group with a fascinating history. Founded in Jonesboro, LA to combat the violence of the KKK, they went on to provide security for civil-rights groups like the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and the Southern Christian Leadership Campaign (SCLC — Martin Luther King’s organization)." http://differentriver.com/archives/2006/01/11/mlk-and-self-defense/
Nonviolent social struggle was chosen as a tactic to confront vastly superior power, it is our choice too. But being a pacifist in the struggle against power, does not require being a pacifist in defense of the self.