By Kani Xulam for the Huffington Post
Ever since three Kurdish women political activistswere murdered in Paris last week — shot in the head execution-style — my phone has been ringing off the hook from anxious loved ones. As a Kurd and the director of the American Kurdish Information Network (AKIN), I wish I could explain why these three advocates — who were so alive with the hopes of freedom, struggling for peace for their Kurdish sisters and brothers in the face of a repressive Turkish state — now lie icily cold and lifeless in a dreary French morgue.
Before their lives were cut down, these women were promoting the enduring Kurdish cause of basic human rights and dignity with their tongues and pens. I am trying to do the same in Washington, DC. One person who called me this week urged me to take extra precautions about my safety. Another person asked if I owned a gun for self-protection. My answer was that when it comes to the right to bear arms, I side with the non-violent efforts of Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday is today. Did Dr. King ever own a gun?
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