It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are a few ironies floating around this time in our American landscape as we mark this day.
There’s an irony that surrounds the issue of gun control. There are those who would fight gun control tooth and nail who want us to believe that gun rights — or at least the right for anyone and everyone to possess a military-style weapon and a high-capacity ammo magazine — would have been supported by Dr. King.
There are those among that crowd who have gone on the record saying that the civil rights marches of the 1960s would have been better off if those marching would have used weaponry. There are those out there who’ve been foolish enough to go on the record to say that African slaves would have been better off to have carried guns.
Like the slaves had a choice in the matter.
It’s popular to cite Dr. King as being on your side, even when it twists and perverts the true meaning of the message behind Dr. King’s words and actions. That’s a sign of desperation.
It’s ironic that President Obama is being publicly inaugurated today as we celebrate Dr. King’s day, and those who would try to hide behind Dr. King’s stand on civil rights to push their pro-military-style weapons agenda point their fingers at Obama and say that he’s a tyrant for issuing executive orders on gun control, when so many presidents before him have issued so many more executive orders on other matters.
The ironies are rich on this Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We need to remember what he REALLY stood for, especially on this day.
- Shooting At Martin Luther King Jr. Parade Injures 1 Man In Mississippi – Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com)
- The Learning Network Blog: Resources | Celebrating Inauguration Day and Martin Luther King Day (learning.blogs.nytimes.com)
- The Dream Has Never Died! (americanliberaltimes.com)
- Martin Luther King, Jr., A Hero For All Time (psychologytoday.com)