While most of the country will be celebrating President Barack Obama’s inauguration, a select crop of gun rights advocates will commemorate “Gun Appreciation Day,” on January 19th. “Gun Appreciation Day” was created in response to what some pro-gun groups believe was an overreach by the United States government in regard to gun control following the tragic Sandy Hook elementary school shootings.
If that isn’t deplorable enough, the chairman of “Gun Appreciation Day,” advocates, Larry Ward, had this to say about slavery:
“I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree with me if he were alive today that if African Americans had been given the right to keep and bear arms from day one of the country’s founding, perhaps slavery might not have been a chapter in our history.”
Though many are outraged by his statement and see no truth in it, others point to the new film “Django Unchained” as evidence that slaves could have wielded more power and there would have been a greater potential for uprising if they had access to guns.