Rush Limbaugh: If Rep. John Lewis Had Gun, Wouldn’t Have Been Beaten During Selma Civil Rights March

Rush Limbaugh equates civil rights with gun control

Rush Limbaugh: If Rep. John Lewis Had Gun, Wouldn’t Have Been Beaten During Selma Civil Rights March (Photo credit:

Rush Limbaugh is trying to sully the legacy of the civil rights movement by saying if the leaders were armed then the segregationists would not have had so much power.  He tried to equate the fight for black civil rights with the opposition to curbing gun violence on Friday, even singling out Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who was beaten during the 1965 voting rights march from Selma to Montgomery. He said:

“Try this,” Limbaugh said. “If a lot of African-Americans back in the ’60s had guns and the legal right to use them for self-defense, you think they would have needed Selma? I don’t know. I’m just asking. If (Rep) John Lewis, who says he was beat upside the head, if John Lewis had had a gun, would he have been beat upside the head on the bridge?”


Lewis has issued a response to Limbaugh, noting that “Our goal in the Civil Rights Movement was not to injure or destroy but to build a sense of community, to reconcile people to the true oneness of all humanity.” “African Americans in the 60s could have chosen to arm themselves, but we made a conscious decision not to. We were convinced that peace could not be achieved through violence. Violence begets violence, and we believed the only way to achieve peaceful ends was through peaceful means.” Source:  Think Progress

Um, I think he forgot the part where Medgar Evers and Martin Luther King Jr., were shot to death. Evers was killed in the driveway of his Mississippi home by white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith. Dr. King was assassinated at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tennessee on April 4, 1968. James Earl Ray was arrested for his murder.

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Janet Shan is a freelance journalist and managing editor of the Hinterland Gazette, who is working on her first novel, a mystery based in the hills on Montego Bay.