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Mar. 28, 2018

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Star Parker: “Covering the pro-gun control March for Our Lives in Washington, CNN ran a headline that read, ‘They’re marching through the same streets as Martin Luther King Jr. did — hoping for similar change.’ … It is critical to understand that this current movement to limit the ability of Americans to exercise their Second Amendment right to own a firearm is at total philosophical odds with what the civil rights movement aimed to accomplish. The civil rights movement was about fixing what was broken in America regarding the ideals of individual freedom and dignity. When King spoke his famous words at the National Mall in August 1963, his appeal was to perfect the American ideal. He called the ‘magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence’ a ‘promissory note to which every American was to fall heir. This note was a promise that all men … would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ King’s movement shone light on the fact that there was pain and suffering in the country because there were still Americans who were not free. That is what needed to be fixed. Today’s movement against guns and the Second Amendment aims in the opposite direction. The claim of this movement is that we have pain and suffering in our nation because we are too free. The marchers and others are telling us we can make a better nation by using the force of government to scale back our freedoms.”

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