Overall, the ACLU does not generally engage in either side of the gun control issue. But we do care about freedom, and I have noticed a growing trend: the wide availability of guns and their misuse leading to restrictions on Americans’ freedom. Advocates for expansive gun rights who are serious in their concern over expanded government powers might consider how this is the case.
Intrusions already in play or proposed as a result of mass shootings include:
Increased physical searches, including ever-expanding checkpoints, bag searches, magnetometers, body scanners, pat downs, and more.
More surveillance. We have seen at least two school districts in the United States — in Arkansas and the state of New York — vote to adopt comprehensive surveillance systems that include blanket video surveillance, tracking, face recognition, and the ability of law enforcement to tap into the system.
A growth in databases, watch lists, investigations, and background checks that set the government rummaging around in our personal lives.
More armed police and guards at more and more civilian gatherings, potentially down to every Little League game and church picnic — authorities whose very presence will change the character of American life, and who are also likely to assert their power in numerous ways...
More police shootings.
In particular, those who support expansive gun rights as a protection against excessive government power should strongly consider how much government intrusion and expanded power they’re willing to trade for those rights.
Here we have a case being made the freedom is being limited, and the case then contradicts itself by justifying the restriction of freedom on the fact that people are free to carry weapons in society. The State's reaction to all the anti-RKBA caterwauling, which this author justifies and simultaneously dislikes, would not be walked back one iota if you could eliminate all guns. Not to mention all of these measures being aimed at restricting RKBA.
Orwellian doublespeak at it's finest: In order to be free, we must surrender our freedom.
Perhaps, if the ACLU did engage gun control issues, they'd oppose the "Intrusions" instead of encourage them.
(Hello ERPOs, bump stock bans, FFLs, NICS, etc...)