The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) took a new stance on firearms Thursday, announcing a change in policy that it would not represent hate groups who demonstrate with firearms.
ACLU Executive Director Anthony Romero told the Wall Street Journal that the group would have stricter screenings and take legal requests from white supremacist groups on a case-by-case basis.
“The events of Charlottesville require any judge, any police chief and any legal group to look at the facts of any white-supremacy protests with a much finer comb,” Romero told the Journal. “If a protest group insists, ‘No, we want to be able to carry loaded firearms,’ well, we don’t have to represent them. They can find someone else.”
I’m sure Jay Sekulow’s law firm – The American Center for initials that look a bit like the ACLU would love to help them out.
While I agree with the ACLU’s decision, I can’t see how they’ll implement such a policy. If a bunch of thugs are willing to commit acts of violence to get their way, they’re not going to stick at a lie to the ACLU. And in open carry states they can claim the guys who showed up toting heavy weaponry aren’t with them. But perhaps the existence of a gun-unfriendly policy will be enough to repel them.