Former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, shared an extraordinary story from her childhood with the hosts of “The View” to explain why she is a passionate supporter of the Second Amendment.
“Let me tell you why I’m a defender of the Second Amendment,” Rice, who served under George W. Bush, said. “I was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late fifties, early sixties.”
“There was no way that Bull Connor and the Birmingham Police were going to protect you. And so when White Knight Riders would come through our neighborhood,” she said, “my father and his friends would take their guns and they’d go to the head of the neighborhood — it’s a little cul-de-sac, and they would fire in the air, if anybody came through.”
Rice explained on “The View” that the men would not shoot at the members of the Ku Klux Klan, but instead, that the firing of their weapons was a powerful show of strength and self-defense.
“I don’t think they actually ever hit anybody,” Rice noted, “but they protected the neighborhood. And I’m sure if Bull Connor had known where those guns were he would have rounded them up.”
“And so, I don’t favor some things like gun registration,” she added. “That said, it’s time to have a national conversation about how we can deal with the problems we have. It’s not going to be any single fix to the terrible events at Parkland.”
Rice, who holds a Ph.D in military policy and politics, went on to pose the question: “Should civilians really have access to what are military weapons? What do we do about the age at which we can do this?”
In a recent radio interview with Hugh Hewitt, Rice stated, “I don’t understand why civilians need to have access to military weapons. We wouldn’t say you can go out and buy a tank.” And on the current, heated nature of the gun control debate, Rice gave a word of caution: “We have to start listening to each other, first and foremost.”
However, Rice was also keen to highlight the grave incompetence of the law enforcement agencies who failed to pick up multiple tips in relation to the Parkland, Florida school shooter’s concerning behavior.
“We also need to realize that if you get that many tips about somebody that they are going to cause harm, go and figure out what was going on there,” she said.