SAF Calls Chicago Tribune Plea to Repeal 2A 'Unconscionable'

Jun 27, 2008, 01:00 ET from Second Amendment Foundation

    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 "anachronism" that should be repealed.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
 of militia.
     "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 ( 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