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Gun Activist Thinks MLK Might Be Alive If He'd Had a Gun

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Syndicated talk-radio host Dana Loesch dropped into Colorado Saturday and surprised me by being even more offensive and nasty than she is usually.

Maybe the mile-high air pushed her further into the deep end? Maybe she saves her worst stuff for in-person delivery?

Speaking to a pro-gun crowd, gathered in Glendale to oppose gun safety laws, Loesch riffed from Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, saying that she dreams that some day "God-fearing, America-loving, Second Amendment-exercising gun owners will be judged on the strength of our character and not the content of our magazines!"

Invoking King like Loesch did is gross at face value (see video), but needless to say, the fact that King was gunned down obviously makes matters worse.

As first reported on the Raw Story:

Loesch: "On my way here this morning flying in from St. Louis, I thought of a civil rights leader," Loesch said. "He made a very impassioned speech, a historic speech, in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. I too have a dream. I have a dream that one day we as law-abiding, God-fearing, America-loving, Second Amendment-exercising gun owners will be judged on the strength of our character and not the content of our magazines!"

On her blog, Loesch responded to criticism of her speech by saying that her real point was to say King "was disarmed, just as you, Colorado, are being disarmed. The left never tells you that King's gun permit was rejected."

So does she think King would have survived his attack if he had a gun?

"Would King have been alive today had he been granted the right by the racist, Democrat south to own a gun?" Loesch wrote. "Who knows. But my point stands. Gun rights are civil rights." (Read her entire comments here.)

The truth is, King might be alive if his killer didn't have a gun, and that's the point of having gun safety laws, like basic background checks, which were passed this year in Colorado.

It's stomach-turning for Loesch to ally herself with King, a victim of gun murder.

And setting aside the fact that King was assassinated, can you imagine a man with King's common sense and intelligence being against requiring a background check before purchasing a gun?