Author: 2nd Amendment Made Civil Rights Movement Possible

In his new book, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made The Civil Rights Movement Possible, journalist Charles Cobb shows how important guns were not only to leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. but also to many black Southerners who “believed in both nonviolence and self-defense.”

According to The Root, Cobb focuses on “how armed black Southerners helped fight for Civil Rights.”

Cobb examines how MLK kept armed guards around his home and “a pistol tucked in his sofa” while leading the Montgomery Bus Boycott. He laments that “most history students never learn [this].” They never learn that those who fought for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the lives of others kept a means of protecting their own lives, their own liberty, and their own happiness close at hand.

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