The ACLU Should End the Charade of Protecting American Civil Liberties

By Larry Keane

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) needs to change its name. At this point, it’s false advertising. IMG: iStock-1245041394

U.S.A. -( The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) needs to change its name. At this point, it’s false advertising.

The ACLU recently argued 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 plainly arguing that the Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights as a tool of racist control of slaves. The posting by communications intern Ines Santos was an introduction to a podcast that included opinions from several professors who wholeheartedly agree the Second Amendment is racist and is a tool to deny civil rights to African-Americans.

It’s clear the ACLU is a shadow of its former self. It’s not the bastion to protect God-given liberties, but to drive special interest agendas. The ACLU’s disdain for the Second Amendment as a foundational and individual right isn’t new, but it is an attempt to flip it on its head. The ACLU‘s argument that the Second Amendment is a tool of oppressors doesn’t just ignore history. It is rewriting cold, hard facts.


The criticism over the outlandish claims was as quick as it was severe. The Twitter-sphere lit up with reactions denouncing ACLU for peddling falsehoods.

Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby noted the irony that the ACLU was denouncing the Second Amendment at a time when African-Americans are claiming their gun rights in record numbers. “The ACLU has completely lost the plot. Meanwhile, the [sic] National African American Gun Association, which began in 2015 with a single chapter in Atlanta, now comprises more than 75 chapters with 30,000 members,” Jacoby tweeted.

NSSF’s own retailer surveys in 2020 showed African-Americans were buying guns at a 58 percent increased rate over 2019. At the same time, Hispanic-Americans were buying guns at a 49 percent increased rate and Asian-Americans at a 43 percent increased rate.

National Review writer David Harsanyi lambasted the claims as “nonsense,” and linked to a previous article where he debunked the same claims pushed by the 1619 Project as “wishful thinking.” Harsanyi refuted the theories, pointing out that John Adams, Benjamin Franklin and Samuel Adams were abolitionists who argued against slavery and for the right to keep and bear arms. Harsanyi pointed out the ludicrous presumption that if African-Americans are being denied their rights, then that right must be stripped of all Americans.

“We don’t attack the idea of free speech simply because people are denied its protections,” he wrote. “That fact only accentuates its importance. For most of our history, self-defense was also seen as an immutable right that existed with or without the sanction of the state.”

Real Racist Roots

Maj Toure, the founder of Black Guns Matter, told The Daily Caller in his usually blunt fashion that claims the Second Amendment is racist is an attempt to, “brainwash black people into believing that having the means to defend themselves is nefarious. I think gun control is racist, not the Second Amendment.”

Toure explained to The Daily Caller these attempts to twist history are exactly why he and his organization are dedicated to educating the public about their rights.

That used to be the role of the ACLU – to educate the public and defend civil liberties from government infringement. The Second Amendment is a second-class right in their estimation, though. The ACLU doesn’t agree with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark 2008 Heller decision that affirmed the Second Amendment as an individual right. They contend, still today, that owning a gun is a governmental matter.

“Given the reference to ‘a well regulated Militia’ and ‘the security of a free State,’ the ACLU has long taken the position that the Second Amendment protects a collective right rather than an individual right,” the ACLU website states.

The ACLU isn’t just ignoring a Supreme Court ruling that’s over a decade old, they’re ignoring legal history that’s nearly 400 years old. That’s the racist history of gun control laws. Gun control is literally rooted in slave codes and Jim Crow laws. Some of those laws – like requiring local sheriffs to approve handgun sales – still exist in North Carolina. The Atlantic, a liberal news publication pointed out that in 1640, Virginia already had laws on the books preventing Blacks from owning guns. In 1712, a law for a total ban on black gun ownership was enacted to prevent slave revolts. Slave Codes were renamed Black Codes after the Civil War.

Even as late as 1994, the Clinton administration “introduced H.R. 3838 to ban guns in federal public housing, which would have affected 3 million individuals.”

Attempts to twist history to fit a particular narrative aren’t in anyone’s interest, least of all when those who would do it pretend it is for the greater good. Nothing is further from the truth. The Second Amendment clearly isn’t a white right or a Black right. It is a God-given right of all Americans to freely exercise at their choosing. If the ACLU can’t defend that, they need to change their name.

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Gun owners are “a minority” we deserve special protection of our rights.


A- American C- communist L- litigator U- union the Second Amendment is for defense. defense against a tyrannical government, animals, both two and four legged ones and against an invading force. most people do not study history and just rely on what someone else has said. they don’t teach history in school, or if they do it is revisionist history. this is how the communists will eventually take over our country. like Maj said, gun control has always been about racism. freed slaves were prevented from owning firearms to protect themselves against the kkk, the vast majority of whom were… Read more »

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Twitter does not accurately reflect the real world. “B” and “C” list celebrities routinely buy fake twitter followers (online services which run software “bots” which simulate the actions of real people online) so as to avoid the public humiliation of not having much of a public following, just for one of many possible examples. Appearances are everything in the entertainment world: The Late Great Rush Limbaugh had to deal with arrogant leftists trying to drive off his radio show’s advertisers some few years back. Long story short, after about 6 months of special investigations that he paid for, it… Read more »


The ACLU is not just anti guns, they are anti self-defense. I had a small legal mater with the local cops and they were VERY INTERESTED in helping me. That was until they found out the matter involved a 3″ folding pocket knife that I had on my person when I was tussled by the cops. As soon as they found that information, they stopped taking my calls. Where as before that, they had told me they were sending two “advocates” to represent me in the matter.


“ACLU” does protect the “rights” of illegals & gangsters to carry. Maybe you’re the wrong Raza or nationality.

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I think they should change the name to the Anti Christian Liars Union. It is obvious to anyone who has at least two brain cells to rub together that the RIGHT to keep and bear arms is a natural right based in the RIGHT of self defense. The REASON that the first 13 word are in the 2nd amendment is because for you to live in a free state of existence it is NECESSARY to have a well regulated militia made up of free people who train on a regular basis to stand ready to defend their communities at a… Read more »


it is funny these people who talk racism dont talk about the “no whops,micks or kiks” signs the and none of these groups had dark skin, they dont talk about rosevelts hate of blacks reason for fbi was to control ww1 vets, his wife was not like him, embraced people for their abilities history also notes a militia man singled out for bravery at breeds hill ,by William Prescott was a black man and banning machine guns is about keeping control


Making stuff up to get Americans angry at each other is a compelling reason to distrust the ACLU despite its name. The Second Amendment was codified as a direct result of the British military’s tactic of disarmament during the Revolutionary War. It’s that simple.


Back in the day. Oh, about ten or fifteen years ago. I called the ACLU. Posed a question about an issue concerning civil liberties. They couldn’t or wouldn’t give me a straight answer. Something about consulting higher powers. Then when asked if they could give an off the record answer. They balked of course. Probably concerned about those powers listening in. So much for supporting the first amendment.


For most of our history, self-defense was also seen as an immutable right that existed with or without the sanction of the state.”


Any dictum or opinion stemming from leftist sources should be held suspect. Their goal is the establishment of a despotism of the elite, not equality, workers rights or any other pablum they spew. Therefore, they will say or do anything, truth and facts be damned, to promote their power.


Watching an ACLU attorney swing from the gallows would make me smile


Well, I hope he would be swinging from the gallows for committing an actual crime where a victim was involved. Otherwise…