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"I have a dream that one day ... schoolchildren will read about people like C.O. Chinn," Thaddeus Russell writes in a compelling review on of "This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible," by Charles E. Cobb Jr.

"Chinn was a black man in Canton, Mississippi, who in the 1960s owned ... a large collection of pistols, rifles, and shotguns with which he threatened local Klansmen and police when they attempted to encroach on his businesses or intimidate civil rights activists working to desegregate Canton and register black residents to vote," Russell recounts. "After one confrontation ... a pistol-packing Chinn forced the notoriously racist and brutal local sheriff to stand down inside the county courthouse during a hearing for a civil rights worker..."

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