The American Civil Liberties Union has been described as an organization that counts to ten by skipping two. The reason for this is that the so-called civil liberties champions support all of the ten civil rights in the Bill of Rights with the exception of the 2nd Amendment. Sure, they will sue the shit out of a school for a Christmas pageant, but they never defend gun owners against unconstitutional gun control. That’s what makes this story so damn confusing. The ACLU has kind of come out in opposition to a liberal gun control initiative.
Back in those terrible days when Obama was president, he issued an executive order that blocked anyone on Social Security who had someone else in charge of their affairs from owning a gun. This was an attempt by gun-hating Obama to deny Americans their Constitutional rights without due process. With Obama put out to pasture, the Republican-controlled Congress repealed his anti-gun/anti-freedom order.
Amazingly enough, the ACLU actually supports the Congressional effort to restore Americans’ rights. Senior legislative council for the ACLU Vania Leveille wrote a piece for USA Today affirming that people shouldn’t be stripped of their rights without a good reason. It’s not all rosy because she still seems to support pointless gun control, but…baby steps.
This month, Congress repealed a rule that would have registered thousands of Social Security recipients with mental disabilities, who have others manage their benefits, into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System to prevent them from owning firearms.
The American Civil Liberties Union does not oppose gun control laws. As an organization dedicated to defending all constitutional rights, we believe the Second Amendment allows reasonable restrictions to promote public safety.
See what I mean? Does the ACLU support any “reasonable” restrictions on voting rights and freedom of speech or religion?
But gun control laws, like any law, should be fair, effective and not based on prejudice or stereotype. This rule met none of those criteria.
You see, the ACLU opposes this, not because gun control is unconstitutional, but rather because this particular attempt is discriminatory.
In this era of “alternative facts,” we must urge politicians to create laws based on reliable evidence and solid data.
News flash: all gun control is based on “alternative facts.” Liberals want to stop violent crime committed by people who illegally obtain guns by banning law abiding citizens from having access to firearms. They think that banning “assault weapons” will stop gangbangers and thugs from shooting each other with cheap handguns.
The thousands of Americans whose disability benefits are managed by someone else range from young people with depression and financial inexperience to older adults with Down syndrome needing help with a limited budget. But no data — none — show that these individuals have a propensity for violence in general or gun violence in particular.
To the contrary, studies show that people with mental disabilities are less likely to commit firearm crimes than to be the victims of violence by others.
Again, it’s nice that the ACLU has finally opposed some form of gun control, but the reason is weird. Basically they are saying that law-abiding people should have limited access to firearms, but people with Down syndrome should be armed.
The ACLU and 23 national disability groups did not oppose this rule because we want more guns in our community. This is about more than guns. Adding more innocent Americans to the National Instant Criminal Background database because of a mental disability is a disturbing trend — one that could be applied to voting, parenting or other rights dearer than gun ownership. We opposed it because it would do little to stem gun violence but do much to harm our civil rights.
If that is the ACLU’s criteria for opposing a law, why don’t they oppose all forms of gun control? There isn’t one gun control law that does anything to stem gun violence. The only people who follow the gun laws are law-abiding people. Criminals, by their very nature, don’t follow the rules so no amount of gun control is going to affect their behavior.
I’m not trying to downplay the significance of the ACLU actually opposing gun control, but I hope they can see the big picture here. It’s not just unconstitutional to discriminate against certain people, all forms of gun control violate our civil rights. If the ACLU can pull their heads out of their asses and see that any infringement on the right to keep and bear arms is wrong, they might finally live up to their claim of being a civil rights organization.