Gun Appreciation Day is coming up, as everyone is sure to appreciate.
And Larry Ward, chairman of Gun Appreciation Day, explained today why there’s no problem in the Jan. 19 event coinciding with the weekend on which the Rev. Martin Luther King’s birthday will be honored.
The icon of Civil Rights, of course, was assassinated with a gun.
Ward, appearing on CNN today, maintained that the firearms appreciation “honors the legacy of Dr. King.”
(Who stood for peaceful protest, in the tradition of Gandhi.)
“I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree with me if he were alive today,” Ward said, “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.”
The event also will coincide somewhat with Vice President Joe Biden’s recommendations for an agenda advancing protection from gun violence, that report expected Jan. 15.
It’s more likely that King would have appreciated this.