Ogden gunmaker John Browning won't share a state holiday with civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
"We don't want to go where we're not wanted," said Sen. Mark Madsen, R-Eagle Mountain. "I had an idea to honor an international icon and a favorite son of Utah and got backed into race politics."
After the proposal surfaced Wednesday, local NAACP leader Jeanetta Williams said it was "a very mean-spirted act" to consider honoring a gun manufacturer on the same day as King, who was shot and killed by an assassin.Love the spin on this one. A white legislator chooses to present a bill to share the birthday of America's most prominent and influential African-American with a gun manufacturer. Never mind the King was killed by a gun. Never mind that he embodied non-violence. It's Senator Mark Madsen who has been "backed into race politics." Yea. That sort of happens when you are so overtly racist.