Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Quote of the Day - Martin Luther King Jr., Non-Violence and Self-Defense

“Violence exercised merely in self-defense, all societies, from the most primitive to the most cultured and civilized, accept as moral and legal. The principle of self-defense, even involving weapons and bloodshed, has never been condemned, even by Gandhi.”

- Dr. Martin Luther King

From A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, p. 32.

Via Eugene Volokh.

Anti-gunners absolutely HATE when we use MLK to support gun rights.  The claws have come right out every time ive ever done it.


Bob S. said...

The anti-rights cultists seem to twist MLK's strategy maintaining the moral high ground through non-violence as his being completely non-violent.

He knew that the media (just like today) will twist any use of violence into a negative light.

Linoge said...

There is a stark and radical difference between "non-violent" and "non-aggressive".

Ghandi was the former. MLK, Jesus, and other visionaries were the latter.

By and large, so are the overwhelming majority of firearm owners as well.