No need for a double take. You actually read that headline right. National Gun Appreciation Day Chairman Larry Ward told CNN that slavery might never have happened had black people--you know, our ancestors who were considered three fifths of a person, torn from their families, frequently beaten and raped, not allowed to marry or own property, or learn to read or write--had access to guns.
"I think Martin Luther King, Jr. would agree with me if he were alive today 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," Ward said.
Just mess. A hot fucking mess. I keep waiting to hear a sensible gun owner--I know they're out there somewhere--speak with some damn common sense on one of these discussions and be willing to concede that tweaking current gun control laws, along with talking about mental health and violence in popular culture, is what is need to prevent further mass killings. But all we're getting are unhinged rants about "1776 commencing again," and the NRA for all intents and purposes sticking their fingers in their ears and screaming "Na, na, na, na, I can't hear you." And now this bullshit.
Watch this drivel being spat in real time below, and read Monica Robert's excellent post over at TransGriot here.