Hicks sympathizes, but he believes more emphasis should be put on self-control.
For him, the King walk symbolizes a quest for peace and freedom through discipline and commitment to family and community.
He wants black people to "rescue our neighborhoods from gangs and people who have guns illegally."
But, if the Deacons for Justice and Defense are any guide, reaching Hicks's goal would require having a lot more fathers in the homes.
So, on one side of the gun issue, we have a call for fewer guns; on the other, a call for more fathers. Which would be easier to achieve?
The King walks on Saturday certainly offer time to think about it.
The first leg, called the Freedom Walk, begins at 8:30 a.m. at Landsburgh Park, at Delaware Avenue and M Street SW. It proceeds over the Fredrick Douglass Memorial Bridge and ends at the United Black Fund in the 2500 block of Martin Luther King Avenue SE.
The second, called the Peace Walk, picks up from there between 10 and 10:15 a.m. and proceeds to the corner of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X avenues SE.
Hicks, past president of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 1808, will probably pay homage to the Deacons for Defense and Justice and the courage they showed in protecting their communities.
"Growing up, we had a lot of admiration for the Deacons," Hicks said.
"Their philosophy was, 'It's better to die on your feet than live on your knees.' "
With guns in hand, they didn't have to do either.
Milloy is a columnist for The Washington Post.