We should never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was “legal” and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was “illegal.” Martin Luther King (1929-1968) “Letter from Birmingham City Jail,” 16 April 1963.
Every day in our 9th grade Civics class that I am student teaching in, we put a quote up on the board and the students journal about the quote, expressing their opinions or thoughts pertaining to the quote. This one was NOT used today, but in honor of Martin Luther King day coming up on Monday, we were researching some of the more important statements he had to say. This one made me think of the new gun control controversy hanging over our nation. Previously, I blogged about my opinion concerning gun control, and I made a reference to Hitler, and how he was able to convince the people of Germany to give up their right to arms. There are other people in this country who are making the same parallel to his dictatorship to that of what is currently being experienced in America. And of course, there are those who poo-poo the comparison, just like there were people in Germany who poo-pooed what Hitler did back in the 1930s . We need to remember what this country was founded on, what it’s cornerstone was built on. If we don’t, we are allowing history to begin a path to repeating itself, and we are going to be the ones to blame.