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On tonight's History File, Cam Edwards speaks with Dave Kopel, Research Director at the Independence Institute, about his article "How the Right to Arms Saved the Non-Violent Civil Rights Protesters." The article addresses the use of firearms by protesters and civil rights leaders during the Jackson sit-ins to defend themselves against the KKK and similar adversaries. Kopel parallels the needs of these heroes for firearms for self-defense to the needs of law-abiding citizens in Chicago who face the dangers of urban crime with no means to protect themselves due to the local handgun ban.