After the Heller decision was handed down, I wondered whether and to what extent it would affect the ACLU's nonsensical position on the Second Amendment.
Well, there's some news on that score. First, the good. The Nevada branch of the ACLU has openly embraced the second amendment as a constitutional right for private citizens. Here's hoping other local branches will follow suit.
Because at the national level? The organization's official stance has gone from the merely embarrassing to the howlingly idiotic and jaw-droppingly hypocritical.
The ACLU interprets the Second Amendment as a collective right. Therefore, we disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v. Heller.
Then they go on about how Heller didn't specify precisely how much regulation was permissible, so they're just staying out of it. Amazing, isn't it? We're still arguing over the precise limits of freedom of speech and search and seizure (and likely always will) so by the same logic, the ACLU should remain neutral on 1st and 4th amendment cases until all that ugliness gets sorted out, right?
I've been an ACLU member for some time now, and I've always had to accept that the organization had a political bias that I didn't always agree with. I sucked it up, however, because I felt the work they did was important. But this? This is just a goddam shame and disgrace.
My membership is up for renewal, so I think I know what I'm going to do. I'm going to send my membership dues (and maybe a little extra) to the Nevada chapter. I'll also send a letter to the national chapter explaining precisely why I won't be renewing this year.
It may be a while before they get around to reading my letter, though. I was gratified to see that plenty of others were already giving the ACLU hell for this in the comments section of their own blog. The commentary was fierce and damned near unanimous. Here's a sampling.
So pretty much, your policy went from “we agree with the decision in US v Miller that gun ownership is not a constitutional right” to “we disagree with DC V Heller and still believe that gun ownership is not a constitutional right”, meaning that despite whatever ruling is laid down, the ACLU will be against the individual right of private gun ownership....
Well, now it’s confirmed, you are nothing more that a bunch of left wing hacks who could give a flying fuck about the Bill of Rights.
Q: How does an ACLU lawyer count to 10?
A: 1, 3, 4, 5 . . .
The ACLU’s position was wrong before Heller; to maintain it now is absurd. Not one of the justices in Heller endorsed the “collective rights” viewpoint. If the ACLU believes that it is the best public policy that individuals should not own guns, it should campaign for the removal of the 2nd Amendment from the Constitution. By instead arguing for a ridiculously narrow judicial interpretation of that amendment, it is undermining its argument for a broad reading of the rest of the Bill of Rights it so treasures.
I don’t know why this the only consitutional right the ACLU doesn’t defend. The Bill of Rights protects the rights of INDIVIDUALS, so the idea that the Bill of Rights protects a “collective right” is absolutely preposterous. The ACLU needs to change its position on the Second Amendment from the politically correct orthodox liberal position to the truly civil libertarian position. We cannot pick and choose which rights are worthy of more protection than others.
If the ACLU wants to maintain its credibility as the defender of the bill of rights then it must endorse the 2nd amendment as an individual right, and not maintain its pathetic stance claiming it disagrees with the SCOTUS. The fat lady has sung. Get with the program.
I just took the money I had slated to re-up my lapsed ACLU membership and used it to re-up my NRA membership.
Sorry ACLU you lost me.
You’ve lost another American here. I will never donate a cent to your organization of crazy, intolerant lefties.... Your arguments are incredibly lame.
The ACLU is full of fail, this shows it.
What the real name of this organization is, American Civil Liberties that we support Union.
What a joke.
My post was not vulgar, did not violate any of the rules of this site, and was still deleted.
I guess you worthless people have given up on the first amendment as well.
I’ll briefly re-state what I said in my first post: I am a Liberal as well as a gun owner, and I will no longer support you.
And there's much, much more. As of right now, there are just under a thousand such comments, all more or less the same. The fact that the ACLU (LOL!) is apparently deleting many of them just makes them look even more foolish than their brain-dead, inconsistent and indefensible reaction to Heller.
If this tidal wave of blowback is any indication, I wonder whether they'll eventually be forced to reconsider? I hope so. In the meantime, my money's going to Nevada... and the NRA.