I hear people state on blogs and at work that the ACLU is too liberal. This is the reason they do not join. Since the sole charter of the ACLU is to defend the constitution of the United States, I tend to interpret such statements as indicating that the constitution is too liberal. However, when pressed for the reasons that people feel the ACLU is too liberal, the number one reason for this belief appears to be gun control.
Here is the ACLU’s statement on gun control. Please read it before continuing.
So, the first question each of us should answer is whether any of us truly believe that it should be every citizen’s right to own nuclear weapons. Some will probably state that they do, but I expect this will be just for shock value. I would like to know, do you believe, truly believe, that it is every citizen’s right to own nuclear weapons? Chemical weapons? Biological weapons? No? I didn’t really think so.
So, it seems likely that we are all in agreement that there should be some form of limitations placed on our second amendment rights. This is the primary point that the good lawyers working for the ACLU cite when they maintain a neutral stance on the subject of gun control. They simply leave it up to the states to decide exactly where to draw the line in a reasonable right to bear arms.
Perhaps you disagree. Perhaps you feel that this should be decided once and for all at a national level. Personally, I stand with the ACLU in saying that I don’t know the right limitations on arms ownership. Some maintain that an armed society is safer. Some maintain that an armed society is freer from the risk of martial law. Some maintain that too many people are killed by armed criminals. Some maintain that when guns are illegal only criminals will have them. Personally, I would support our right to arm bears.
Many people have a wide variety of reasonable points on this subject. I do not claim to have the answers.
What I do claim is that the ACLU does an excellent job of standing up for our constitutional rights on a wide variety of subjects. I claim that they are protecting our right to free speech, our right to freedom of religion, and many other of our rights. This is important work, especially in these times when so many are trying so hard to take away the rights granted to us by our foresighted founding fathers.
So, what I would say is that if you believe in the freedoms and liberties that have been the foundation of this country for over 200 years, now is a crucial time to support the organization that has been defending our rights in and out of court since 1920. Remember, it is very easy to give away our rights; it is extremely difficult to win them back.
Please support the ACLU, or at least have some respect for their important mission and work. This is a completely non-partisan issue, unless you think that either the Democratic Party (formed 1792) or the Republican Party (formed 1854) drew up the constitution (hint: the constitution was written 1787)