The New Hampshire House of Representatives convened on Tuesday, Jan. 4. Its first act: adopting a rule enabling people to carry guns at the State House, but not including the House chamber itself. The next day they droppted that restriction , too. The Senate chamber may remain a gun-free zone, but otherwise, we might as well assume that legislators, visitors, and staff are packing heat.
Will the gun-love of our political culture be affected by yesterday’s political mass murder in Tucson? It’s too early to guess. But with the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. coming up Friday, my thoughts turned to his example.
King’s example came from faith, but it was faith tested by experience that included death threats, political murder, and racist terror.
In his Nobel Prize Acceptance speech in 1964, King said:
“I refuse to accept the cynical notion that nation after nation must spiral down a militaristic stairway into the hell of thermonuclear destruction. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that even amid today’s mortar bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow. I believe that wounded justice, lying prostrate on the blood-flowing streets of our nations, can be lifted from this dust of shame to reign supreme among the children of men.”
I hope those words continue to ring true.