In 1956 Martin Luther King Jr. applied for a concealed carry permit in Alabamasince he was getting so many death threats. As you can imagine, since gun controls roots were founded in racism and keeping blacks unarmed was the point of gun control, King was denied.
Now, some of you may think that MLK Jr wanting to carry a gun is incongruent with him being a non violent civil rights activist. It’s not and here’s why; just because you preach non violence does not mean you need to be a sacrificial lamb to anyone who is going to harm you or your family.
Dr. King believed that through non-violence interaction with the government his dream of equality could be realized. But he was not naive nor stupid and did not believe that non violence would protect him or his family from those with evil in their hearts.
So Martin Luther King Jr, a black Republican pastor who preached non violence and who had quantifiable reasons to be allowed to carry concealed (the multitude of death threats) was denied a permit.
If we allow gun control to force us to ask permission in order to exercise our rights, then we leave the door open for the government to say no. And if Dr. King wasn’t good enough to get a concealed carry permit, then what hope do the rest of us have.