BELLEVUE, Wash., June 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Chicago
Tribune's call for repeal of the Second Amendment following the historic
Heller Decision is an "unconscionable attack on the entire Bill of Rights
and the freedoms it protects," the Second Amendment Foundation said today.
In an editorial published on the day after the Supreme Court handed
down its 5-4 ruling, the newspaper called the Second Amendment an
"anachronism" that should be repealed. The newspaper supported its argument
by falsely claiming that a 1939 case, U.S. v Miller, established the
amendment as a "collective right" that applied only to service in some type
"The Chicago Tribune's editors have demonstrated an appalling
short-sightedness," said SAF founder Alan Gottlieb. "If they are so willing
to abandon one civil right for an entire class of American citizens, what's
next? Perhaps they would strip some citizens of their First Amendment
rights to free speech or religion. Heaven help us should the Chicago
Tribune editorial board one day decide that they don't care for the
editorial slant of their competitors at the Sun-Times, and call for a
restriction on that newspaper's freedom of the press.
"Once you make it acceptable to destroy one civil right," Gottlieb
observed, "it does not take a very big leap to embrace limitations on, or
the abolition of, another civil right.
"Not once, in all the years that gun rights organizations have been
vilified in the editorial columns of the Tribune and other newspapers did
anyone from the firearms community suggest we should repeal the First
Amendment," he stated. "Unlike elitist newspaper editors, gun owners
understand that the Bill of Rights is an all-or-nothing document, not a
civil rights buffet from which we can pick and choose the rights we want to
enjoy and those for which we have no stomach.
"We have always known the Second Amendment affirmed an individual civil
right, and a truly objective reading of history by the Chicago Tribune
would -- if they had any notion of objectivity -- lead them to the same
conclusion," Gottlieb concluded. "A generation of parents and grandparents
of those now writing such nonsense in the Tribune risked, and all too
frequently lost their lives to defend all of the freedoms enumerated in the
Bill of Rights. The Tribune editors may as well just spit on their graves."
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation's oldest
and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action
group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own
and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more
than 600,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to
better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.
SOURCE Second Amendment Foundation