Last week, on April 4, exactly 50 years after her father’s assassination, Rev. Bernice King, the youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King, picked up a gun for the first time in her life.The white-handled revolver wasn’t as big as the rifle used to kill her father in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1968. But in the half-century since his death, handguns were responsible for the vast share of the more than 1.5 million gun deaths in the U.S.“It’s such a small thing that can be so destructive,” King said. “There’s something wrong when something this small has so much power over us.”King, along with several families of victims of gun violence and police shootings, was attending an event at the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta, where activists and artists with the group Lead to Life showed how guns can be repurposed for good by melting them down into shovels. 11 PHOTOS Activists display 7,000 shoes in ‘memorial’ to deadly gun violence See Gallery Activists display 7,000 shoes in ‘memorial’ to deadly gun violence Activists install 7000 shoes on the lawn in front of the U.S. Capitol on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S…. Read full this story
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