The American Civil Liberties Union is putting its foot down when it comes to providing legal representation for those who would seek to exercise their First and Second Amendment rights simultaneously. It will no longer defend armed demonstrators!
The ACLU is qualifying this policy change by saying it doesn’t want to defend armed “hate groups,” but one wonders if this is a slippery slope for an organization that has worked to protect and preserve the Constitutional rights of individuals for the past 100 years.
For example, some on the Left would argue that the NRA is a hate group. Of course, it’s not. But you can see how this opens up a can of worms in that it leaves it open to interpretation. Then, there’s the other side of the coin: armed hate groups on the Left. Would the ACLU also decline to defend the new Black Panther party just as it now won’t defend the KKK?
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