This is a great exchange about self-defense and the civil rights movement. Despite all the talk about nonviolence, these were people who faced violence everyday and defended themselves from that violence with their own firearms. That doesn’t mean they didn’t believe in nonviolence, but when you are taking those risks against people who would kill you for fun, you have to do what you have to do. On this subject, if you’ve never read Timothy Tyson’s Radio Free Dixie, do so. I haven’t read Charles Cobb’s book, who is part of the linked exchange, but I should.