Condoleezza Rice on Gun Control

The event that seared its way most powerfully into Rice’s memory was the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church. She heard the blast. Rice recalls the terror she felt as an eight-year-old. “These terrible events burned into my consciousness,” she remembers.

And, as America shook its head in disbelief at the murder of four girls, Condi was mourning the two she knew personally–including Denise McNair, her kindergarten classmate.

“I remember more than anything the coffins, the small coffins, and the sense that Birmingham was not a very safe place.“Armed with a shotgun, her father joined the other men of the black community in night patrols to keep the KKK out of…

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