Methinks there is something to be learned here...
"These people not only owned guns and fired them in self-defense. They also carried guns in defiance of discretionary permitting schemes of the type that said a bombing at Martin Luther King’s home did not constitute good cause for granting him a permit to carry a gun.
There are hints in the culture that carrying concealed weapons in defiance of state ‘authority’ was a minor art form. The delta activist T.R.M. Howard had a secret compartment built into his car. Fannie Lou Hamer’s mother carried a gun concealed in a bucket. Medgar Evers hid his pistol in a driver’s seat pillow. Others capitalized on the practice of church folk to carry around their Bibles in big leather covers, and stuffed guns in with the jumble of pens and papers.
But the prize for minimalist creativity goes to the lyrically named Sweets Turnbow, whose husband Hartman’s statement about ‘non-nonviolence’ I mentioned in my first post. At the Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, Sweets Turnbow strolled the venues casually carrying a brown paper bag. It looked like she was toting her lunch. Years later, those who knew the truth would tell that inside the bag was a loaded pistol and how ‘Sweets never went anyplace without her brown paper bag and gun.’ It turns out this was a variation on the method employed by her husband Hartman, about whom Julian Bond reported, ‘It’s funny to see a man dressed like a farmer, with a briefcase. And he opens the briefcase and nothing’s in it but an army automatic.’
(Via.) The Washington Post