Larry Ward, who chairs “Gun Appreciation Day” says if only slaves had guns, they wouldn’t have been enslaved. Ward’s event purposely coincides with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
United for Change USA founder Maria Roach, who created a petition opposing Gun Appreciation Day, confronted Ward during a Friday appearance on CNN over the timing of his event.
“There are common sense, sensible ways to exercise your Second Amendment rights, and then there’s theater,” she explained. “I think too much of the argument and the discussion and the discourse this week is focused on just theater, ways that organizations are looking to fund raise and build their membership.”
“I’d like to address the Martin Luther King Day charge,” Ward replied. “I believe that Gun Appreciation Day honors the legacy of Dr. King.”
He added: “The truth is, I think Martin Luther King 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. And I believe wholeheartedly that’s essential to liberty.”
Roach pointed out that Ward’s argument was ridiculous because “slavery means that you are a possession just like a gun.”