Strange Bedfellows Alert: ACLU Announces They’ll Represent… The NRA

by Coucy at

It’s hard to argue that the American Civil Liberties Union (or ACLU) isn’t a very, very, very leftwing organization. While the group claims its mission is ‘to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States’, most on the right will have a fairly reflexively negative feeling towards them based on their tireless advocacy for lefty causes célèbre like trans and gay rights, anti-second amendment agitating, and pro-abortion issues and groups. But every once in a while the ACLU will throw a curve ball that somewhat complicates that view, as they did today:

We won’t go into the nitty gritty of the case (if you’re interested you can find a good writeup from the New York Times here) but it largely centers around the actions of a former superintendent of the New York State Department of Financial Services and whether his actions to strangle off the National Rifle Association’s access to banking and insurance industry resources violated the NRA’s first amendment rights. It’s an important case, and having the ACLU on their side can’t do anything but help the NRA at the Supreme Court, one would think. The ACLU of course goes out of its way to distance itself from the work the NRA does while saying that the principles of the case are too important for them to not take action here.