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Heather Johnson on Gun Control

 

 


Even non-violent MLK kept guns at home for self-defense

Retaining the right to bear arms aided many during the civil rights movement. Gandhi considered violent self-defense a better choice for the weak to passiveness even though it was not in line with his personal convictions. The Reverend Martin Luther King Jr., had guns at his home for protection despite his nonviolent protests, as well as many other civil rights activists. The fact is, for marginalized people, oppressed people; the right to bear arms is of great service. Resistance movements during times of oppression around the world throughout human history were more likely to defend themselves with violent means than nonviolent. In fact, passive protests aren't necessarily the most common in defeating tyrannical forces. History shows dictators often removed with violent means.
Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2014

Right to self-defense and right to rebel

Q: Do you support an absolute right to gun ownership?

A: Yes, everyone has a right to self-defense and the right to rebel against a tyrannical government. No one has the right to commit crimes of force upon others, but limiting the right of law-abiding citizens does not address the cause of violent crime. What it does do is limit a fundamental right to protecting and defending life, liberty, and property.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 MN Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Aug 18, 2014

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