ACLU is pounded over claim racism is linked to 2nd Amendment

The acceptance of the left’s racial injustice narrative is so widespread in America that the purveyors of this highly corrosive ideology are more or less free to throw out whatever accusations come to mind with little concern for being called out in the media for a fanciful imagination.

Look no further than the American Civil Liberties Union, which claimed racism is “foundational to the Second Amendment and its inclusion in the Bill of Rights.”

An op-ed penned by ACLU communications intern Ines Santos, declared that “anti-Blackness determined the inclusion of the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights, and has informed the unequal and racist application of gun laws.”

That’s one helluva take on these words: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Titled, “Do Black Americans Have the Right to Bear Arms?,” the piece equates mass shootings like Parkland to “vigilantism.”

“With 233 mass shootings so far this year, the issue of gun violence in the U.S. is all too familiar,” Santos wrote. “Tragic events like the Pulse nightclub and Parkland shootings go from being media spectacles to quotidian events at an alarming rate in a country that often heralds the Second Amendment above meaningful safety for all its citizens. The vigilantism of widespread gun ownership puts Black Americans in an especially vulnerable position given the brutality and human cost of discriminatory policing.”

Note the assertion that the U.S. “heralds the Second Amendment above meaningful safety.”

“The gun violence epidemic continues to spark debate about the Second Amendment and who has a right to bear arms,” she continued. “But often absent in these debates is the intrinsic anti-Blackness of the unequal enforcement of gun laws, and the relationship between appeals to gun rights and the justification of militia violence. Throughout the history of this country, the rhetoric of gun rights has been selectively manipulated and utilized to inflame white racial anxiety, and to frame Blackness as an inherent threat.”

Perhaps, Santos missed the heavily armed black militia members marching on Stone Mountain last year during the Fourth of July without law enforcement intervention.

The blowback to the overreaching piece was noteworthy, which is a generous way of saying the ACLU was buried.

Here’s one example from Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby.

Media Research Center vice president Dan Gainor declared in a tweet: “You’re an embarrassment to your own history.”

Here’s a sampling of some of the other responses to the story from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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