Heller Decision and the Second Amendment

So, we've been getting a lot of comments about the ACLU's stance on the Second Amendment. For those of you who didn't catch our response in the blog comments, here it is again:

The ACLU interprets the Second Amendment as a collective right. Therefore, we disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision in D.C. v. Heller. While the decision is a significant and historic reinterpretation of the right to keep and bear arms, the decision leaves many important questions unanswered that will have to be resolved in future litigation, including what regulations are permissible, and which weapons are embraced by the Second Amendment right that the Court has now recognized.

As always, we welcome your comments.


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Isn’t it odd that today we celebrate the birth of our nation, which was achieved through bloodshed and the rising up of common people in war against the established government, with their own privately owned firearms and ammunition, and yet the ACLU still holds to a flawed, misinterpretation of the Second Amendment? How does one celebrate the achievement and then castigate the very means by which it was won? Hypocrisy!


heres what the aclu supports. watch this video


bill rind

You are totally out of step with our nations laws and freedoms. You no longer belong here, move your lying stinking butts oou of here and go o China or Russia where yo will be at home.
Your group has no power and you were not elected to nothing so go flake off. and by the way you will never get my guns , I don't care what law is passed.


I cherish all my rights and am a contributing member of the ACLU. I am disappointed in your stance re the 2nd amendment. In this case the supreme court was right. I hope you will reconsider and use the funds I have sent you to protect my rights. All of them.


Just another nail in your coffin, the entire nation views your entire orginazation as a fraud. As long as a law is passed that benefits your perverted and vile way, its okay, but when a law is passed that asserts our rights under our constitution it seems to offend an bother you, You cannot have it both ways. My advice to you is shut your communist doors and fade away into another country.

Mr. Jones

I am a criminal defense attorney and current member of the ACLU. I will not renew, nor will I send other support.

This statement, in the face of the latest decision changes the ACLU from being a controversial supporter of individual right to being a political anti-gun organization. If I wanted to be a member of a political organization it would be on with whom I could agree on all positions.

Sadly, the once relevant ACLU has shown their true colors with this one.


When is comes to ANY OTHER RIGHT, the ACLU's interpretation is so wide you can drive a truck through it.

But when it comes to number "2", their sphincters pucker up as if dipped in lemon juice, and rolled in talcum...

Incredulous, considering number "2" gives the citizens teeth to see that the others are honored...


You have ZERO credibility if you do not defend ALL the Constitution. You defend free speech even if you don't like what is being said. On the same token you NEED to defend the Second Amendment even if you don't like what it says.

Remember the Second Amendment defends all the rest.


Ok, so we have members, former members and contributors to the ACLU all in agreement, regardless of political affiliation that the ACLU has become irrelavant.

I also notice not a single comment on your blog supports your "standing". That's quite telling.

I have to say that I am proud to be a witness to history...The complete derailment of the ACLU.
How any AMERICAN can support or have any respect for a group that defends NAMBLA but not the very Bill of Rights it is supposed to cherish is baffling.

Further I think it would be prudent for someone in the ACLU to actually read the Miller decision, since it in no way or place makes any "collective right" assertion, nor does it imply in any translation that it is dependant upon any militia. But that's just an unfortunate technicality that has been conveniently ignored for the past 70ish years.

Thank you ACLU for finally showing the world your true colors and true insignificance in our world.


Had it have been District of Columbia verses some smut peddler, or NAMBLA, the ACLU would have been all over this, again you have shown that it's not the Constitution that you want to defend, but just YOUR twisted version of what YOU think it, and the bill of rights should mean, and how they fit YOUR agenda. Perhaps a name change for your organization would be in order, such as Pedophiles and Perverts are us.


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