Friday, April 5, 2013

Credit Where Credit Is Due...

Brad_in_MA sent in this story of strange political bedfellows: the NRA and the ACLU...

EXCLUSIVE: ACLU says Reid’s gun legislation could threaten privacy rights, civil liberties
As Senate Democrats struggle to build support for new gun control legislation, the American Civil Liberties Union now says it’s among those who have “serious concerns” about the bill.

Those concerns have the capacity to prove a major setback to Sen. Harry Reid’s current gun bill, which includes language from earlier bills introduced by Sens. Chuck Schumer and Barbara Boxer.
I know I've badmouthed the ACLU on more than one occasion over their willingness to stand up for all civil rights except the 2nd. While I wish they would fight as tirelessly for gun rights as they do for the rights of people to never see religion anywhere, I do want to point out that, at least for one shining moment, they are on our side in this fight.

You see, even the ACLU sees the danger in allowing the government to build a monstrous database on citizens simply because they happen to purchase an item - or write something inflammatory. Once the incursion into our liberties has been made - that the government can keep a dossier on who owns what - it raises the stakes in the privacy game to a level where we may not be able to get that privacy back.

"Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." Take a guess who said that. Ted Nugent? Charleton Heston? Nope. George Washington. Once we have given up our G-d-given right to keep and bear arms, maintaining any of the rest of our rights becomes exponentially more difficult. It's a shame more can't see that. A government that faces a well-armed (well-regulated) body of people is much less likely to herd said people onto cattle cars.

A disarmed people can only hope that the armed forces don't start rounding them up.

That is all.


Dave H said...

I'm not surprised the ACLU would weigh in this way. Several bloggers I've read have said that the registration provisions of most current gun control proposals are causing some die-hard liberals to say that's a bad idea.

It's rare, but the ACLU does occasionally side with conservatives. They've stepped up to help churches faced with ordinances that prevent them from distributing literature, for example. I may not agree with their position on most cases but at least they're pretty good at sticking to their stated mission, and not falling into partisan politics.

Anonymous said...

Jay, not to be picky, but it makes me crazy when people use these bogus quotes supposedly from the founders.

The "liberty teeth" quote is completely fraudulent. He never said it.

SAF agrees, as does Guncite, among others.