United We Stand, Divided We Fall.
- Kudos to the patriots that participated in contacting their politicians. You made a difference.
- SHOT Show shout outs
- Colion Noir
- Joseph H. Davis, Esq
- Gun Appreciation Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Many gun owners are planning to visit their state capitols on January 19th, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a United States federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. The floating holiday. The Virginia Citizens Defense League has been using that day for years to lobby in Richmond, and show their support of the US Constitution.
The use of the only day honoring an African American will not be without controversy. I have been asked already if I had a problem with it out of respect and courtesy by a listener of this show and I said no.
It is not a Holy day. We as a nation don’t honor God so why should I get twisted if we use a federal holiday to show unity for our Constitutional rights?
Look at it from another perspective though before you dismiss those that disagree.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was an awesome leader that took Ghandi’s example and brought it home to effectively change America using nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement. He successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.
To give this honor to a person that had never held public office, and that was a black citizen was contrary to longstanding tradition. President Reagan opposed it saying it was too costly to make another federal holiday.
NC Republican Senators Jesse Helms and John Porter East led opposition to the bill and questioned whether King was important enough to receive such an honor.
AZ Republican Sen. John McCain voted against the creation of the holiday to honor King, and later defended Arizona Republican Governor Evan Mecham’s rescission of the state holiday in honor of King created by his Democratic predecessor.
In 1989, the Arizona state legislature replaced Columbus Day with the King holiday, outraging Italian-Americans. In 1990 the National Football League threatened to move the Super Bowl that was planned to be in Arizona in 1993. This same year, Arizonans were given the opportunity to vote to observe an MLK holiday. McCain successfully appealed to former President Ronald Reagan to support the holiday. The state legislature passed a measure to keep both Columbus Day and Martin Luther King Day, but it was too late as 76% of voters rejected the King holiday. Consequently, the state “lost $500 million and the Super Bowl” which moved to Pasadena, California.[
In 1991, the New Hampshire legislature created “Civil Rights Day” and abolished “Fast Day. In 1999, “Civil Rights Day” was officially changed to “Martin Luther King Day,” becoming the last state to have a holiday named after Dr. King.
On May 2, 2000, South Carolina governor Jim Hodges signed a bill to make Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday an official state holiday. South Carolina was the last state to recognize the day as a paid holiday for all state employees. Prior to this, employees could choose between celebrating Martin Luther King Day or one of three Confederate holidays.
In Utah, the holiday was known as “Human Rights Day” until 2000,[ when the Utah State Legislature voted to change the name of the holiday from Human Rights Day to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. In that same year Governor Michael O. Leavitt signed the bill officially naming the holiday “Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
In Virginia, it was known as Lee-Jackson-King Day, combining King’s birthday with the established Lee-Jackson Day. The incongruous nature of the holiday, which simultaneously celebrated the lives of Confederate Army generals and a civil rights icon, did not escape the notice of Virginia lawmakers. In 2000, Lee-Jackson Day was moved to the Friday before Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, establishing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a holiday in its own right.
Mississippi still shares this celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday on the third Monday of January and Robert E. Lee’s birthday January 19.
In Arizona, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is known as “Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day”; while in New Hampshire, its official name is “Martin Luther King, Jr. Civil Rights Day”
So we have a past, and people that feel slighted, and many of the names I mentioned are still around and not loved by people that love Dr. King.
But what is freedom if not the choice , the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action? Is it not liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another ? Don’t we have the independence to honor what we want?
Well we do. Gun Appreciation Day is easy to tweet and remember but its not about guns its about freedom. I don’t appreciate a mechanical device, I appreciate the country that allows me to exercise the freedom to have it. The country that understands that freedom isn’t free. It is not a gift from the Government. It is not for some and not for others.
This day, whatever you call it, guns across America, gun appreciation day, gun lobby day, is the acknowledgment that it is 100% American to be a gun owner. And we acknowledge our responsibility to our well-being, and those around us. We acknowledge that laws are not followed by criminals, and valiantly stand opposed to restrictions on the tools we legally use for defense.
Aesop may have used it first and it is also written in the Christian’s Holy Bible, in the New Testament,
“A house divided against itself cannot stand” but I believe in it.” Mark 3:25,
“Let us trust God, and our better judgment to set us right hereafter. United we stand, divided we fall. Let us not split into factions which must destroy that union upon which our existence hangs.” Patrick Henry
“What they do well is they really get people out,” said Illinois state Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D), who heads the House committee that was to consider the assault-weapons ban until gun owners, spurred by the local NRA affiliate, overwhelmed legislators with calls and e-mails. “That’s democracy. I can’t fault them for it. I have to applaud them for it.”
Nekritz, who supports the proposed ban, said her office received hundreds of phone messages and about 1,000 e-mails in the two days before she pulled the bill. “I didn’t see anything that was supportive,” she said.
This is a good site. You can select the specific bills before congress and send letters automatically to your elected representatives.
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Rev. Kenn Blanchard, aka the Black Man With A Gun™ is an internationally known figure in the gun rights community since 1991. He is a former US Marine, federal police officer, intelligence officer and trainer. He produces the Urban Shooter Podcast, voice overs, motivates, inspires and writes for the Blanchard Media Group. http://twitter.com/kennblanchard, email@example.com