What Do The ACLU And NRA Have In Common?
They are both host to DBK, from Blanton's and Ashton's. Apparently the NRA's gun safety policies sold DBK (why did he change from frogsdong??), who believes in the right to bear arms. Well, that's not a particularly surprising statement, even from a liberal. Indeed, a commenter from Cynical Nation even said that he too belonged to both the ACLU and the NRA. I guess what it made me realize is that anti-gun liberals never seem to take on the gun issue with as much vigor as they could. Not even the most left leaning congressmen from the most anti-gun districts challenge the right to bear arms.
Maybe that's because the 2nd ammendment clearly states that the right to bear arms will not be infringed. But what about the first two clauses of that sentence? A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state... The word that sticks out to me is regulate. This ties into Section 8, Clause 16 of the Constitution, which gives Congress the duty of organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia.
So the 2nd ammendment says that a well regulated militia is necessary for a safe nation. And the same piece of legislation clearly defines congress as the regulatory authority on the manner. So if congress decides that BB-Guns are sufficient arms for the men of the nation, who will make up the militia in times of war, so be it.