President George W. Bush Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed support for the Second Amendment because she recalls when guns helped her father and neighbors protect themselves during the segregation.
Rice stated, “Let me tell you why I’m a defender of the second Amendment. I grew up in Alabama in the late ’50s, early ’60s. There was no way that Bull Connor and the Birmingham police were going to protect you. When knight riders would come through our neighborhood my father and friends would take their guns and fire in the air if anybody came through. I don’t think they actually hit anybody. But they protected the neighborhood.”
“I’m sure if Bull Connor had known where they were he would have rounded them up. I don’t favor some things like gun registration.”