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Power Comes From the Barrel of a Gun Power A word from which many meanings derive To eachindividual it means something distinct and it is how one uses theirpower that makes up who they are Power does not come from the barrel ofa gun A gun can do nothing without someone there to pull the triggerThe power to take a life rests within the person the gun simply servingas their tool When groups protesting for a cause they believe in useviolent tactics do they ever accomplish anything When we kill whatdo we achieve To say that power lies in the barrel of a gun is to saythat the most effective way to get what we want or what we feel wedeserve is to murder It is only those with no faith in their dreams orbelief in themselves who could make such a statement Martin Luther King Jr once said If a man hasn t foundsomething he will die for he isn t fit to live A leader in the Blackcommunity and the recipient of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize King saccomplishment of attaining civil rights for Blacks was a great one butthe road to achievement was long and full of sacrifices It was a timewhen Blacks had no rights and most of them accepted this as the way itwas and no one could do anything about it Most of them but not KingWhen the police arrested a black woman for sitting in the front of thebus and refusing to give up her seat to a white woman King led acommittee that organized a boycott of buses The results were that onApril 23 1956 the Supreme Court ruled that segregation in publictransportation is unconstitutional and that South Carolina as well as12 other states must remove the whites only signs that hung in thefront of the buses This was just the beginning he vowed to continuehis fight using passive resistance
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