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Condoleezza Rice on Gun Control

Secretary of State


Right to bear arms comes from fear of the government

[In "Bombingham" of 1963], after the first explosion, Daddy just went outside and sat on the porch with his gun on his lap. He sat there all night looking for white night riders.

Eventually Daddy & the men of the neighborhood formed a watch. They would take shifts at the head of the entrances to our streets. Occasionally they would fire a gun into the air to scare off intruders, but they never actually shot anyone.

Because of this experience, I'm a fierce defender of the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms. Had my father and his neighbors registered their weapons, Bull Connor surely would have confiscated them or worse. The Constitution speaks of the right to a well-regulated militia. The inspiration for this was the Founding Fathers' fear of the government. They insisted that citizens have the right, if necessary, to resist the authorities themselves. What better example of responsible gun ownership is there than what the men of my neighborhood did in response to the KKK and Bull Connor?

Source: My Extraordinary Family, by Condi Rice, p. 94 , Jan 10, 2012

Developed opposition to gun control due to KKK

The event that seared its way most powerfully into Rice’s memory was the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. She heard the blast. Rice recalls the terror she felt as an eight-year-old. “These terrible events burned into my consciousness,” she remembers. And, as America shook its head in disbelief at the murder of four girls, Condi was mourning the two she knew personally--including Denise McNair, her kindergarten classmate. “I remember more than anything the coffins, the small coffins, and the sense that Birmingham was not a very safe place.“

Armed with a shotgun, her father joined the other men of the black community in night patrols to keep the KKK out of the neighborhood. It was in the crucible of that experience that Condoleezza developed her opposition to gun control and came to value what she sees as the Second Amendment guarantee of the ”right to bear arms.“

Source: Condi vs. Hillary, by Dick Morris, p. 71-72 , Oct 11, 2005

I am a Second Amendment absolutist

I also don’t think we get to pick and choose in the Constitution. The Second Amendment is as important as the First Amendment.

My father and his friends defended our community in 1962 and 1963 against white nightriders sitting there armed. And so I’m very concerned about any abridgement of the Second Amendment.

I am a Second Amendment absolutist.

Source: Draft Condi website, www.4condi.com, “Issues” , May 11, 2005

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