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Outrage of the Week: Are You A Bigot?

Friday, January 18, 2008

This week’s Outrage comes from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which filed a friend of the court brief in the District of Columbia v. Heller case in support of keeping Washington, D.C.’s draconian gun ban on the books. 

According to a recent ADL release (http://www.adl.org/PresRele/SupremeCourt_33/5207_33.htm), “The League urged the Court to ensure that states retain the ability to keep guns out of the hands of ‘violent bigots.’”  Glen S. Lewy, ADL National Chair, and Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, noted, “If states lose the right to regulate firearm ownership, it would help violent bigots in their efforts to create an America based on hate and intolerance.  We urge the Supreme Court to ensure that states have the tools to counter these agents of hate.” 

Obviously blinded by their own anti-gun bigotry and ignorance, the ADL ignores the fact that the Heller case only involves whether the D.C. gun ban violates the Second Amendment—a far cry from the extremist suggestion that overturning this ineffective law will arm violent bigots nationwide.  Further, to equate law-abiding District residents’ desire to have the legal means to defend themselves and their loved ones in their homes, with arming “agents of hate” demonstrates the same type of intolerance that the ADL purportedly pledges to oppose. 

That’s outrageous.

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Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.