Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
Liberals want to strip gun rights from people on the No Fly List. The only civil rights group standing up for the constitutional rights of citizens is the National Rifle Association.
But wait, didn’t the ACLU also object? Sort of. The ACLU objects to using the No Fly List in its present form to deny civil rights. If there was an easier way to get your name off the list, the ACLU would be fine with using it to block gun purchases.
That idea flips constitutional law on its head. The Founders explained in the Declaration of Independence that Rights come from God, not from government. The Constitution exists to protect our Rights from the government. Therefore, the government should not have the power to arbitrarily take away Rights and then allow citizens to beg to get them back (ACLU version). The government should bear the burden of proving why the citizen’s Rights should be taken away BEFORE the Rights are taken (NRA version).
To see how absurd the ACLU’s plan is, try substituting other rights. “Journalists on the No Truth List are forbidden to publish anything bad about Hillary Clinton. But you can request a special waiver to get off the list.” Or how about “Women on the No Fetus List are forbidden to get an abortion. But you can submit an application to get your name removed from the list.” Can you imagine the ACLU’s response?
Justice Thomas wrote a dissenting opinion to the new Whole Women’s Health abortion case, saying: “ . . . our Constitution renounces the notion that come constitutional rights are more equal than others.” Too bad it’s only a dissent; the country would be better off if more people believed that.
The big problem is that a majority of Americans have no idea what a “right” is.