Utah Republicans want to rename MLK day after a gun manufacturer

In all fairness, they want Martin Luther King Day to share the glory with the gun manufacturer. Making it MLK/Gun day. Not kidding.

A plan is circulating under the radar in the Utah State Senate to share the holiday honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., shot to death in 1968, with one of the country’s most famous gun makers.

The plan is to rename the holiday, which falls on the third Monday of January, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr./John M. Browning Day, adding the gun manufacturer whose birthday also falls in January.

The Utah Legislature has a contentious history with the holiday honoring King. After President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation creating the federal holiday, bitter debates resulted in a compromise, calling the holiday “Human Rights Day.”

Utah changed the name to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2000, becoming the last state to do so.

I’m sure that had nothing to do with the Mormons history of racism. They used to block blacks from assuming leadership positions in their church, and only started permitting it in the late 70s after a boycott.


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