“Let me be clear,” Attorney General Eric Holder emphatically declared in a 2012 speech to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, “we will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious rights.” Holder’s remarks were a call to arms against efforts by Republicans to require that voters show identification when they go to vote. His words reflect a belief that the right to vote is so “precious” that requiring individuals to show an ID before casting a vote is tantamount to being “disenfranchised.”
However, when it comes to protecting the right to “keep and bear arms” – which, unlike the right to vote, is a right expressly guaranteed in the Constitution itself – the Attorney General of the United States is nowhere to be found. Apparently our Second Amendment rights are just not “precious” enough to worry about when governments engage in actions expressly designed to “disenfranchise” individuals from exercising those rights.
The hypocrisy is so blatant it is painful.One could point out the same hypocrisy with other rights, such as freedom of the press. Indeed it has been done, and it is very amusing to imagine that a publisher has to jump through all sorts of hoops to be allowed to get his message out. But, that tyrannical governments have done so, indeed some still do, can not be denied. But the fact of the matter is that those advocating either position don't really care that either position makes no common sense. In their arrogance, they don't feel a need to.