On August 24, 2018, the national ACLU filed an amicus brief supporting the NRA in a New York lawsuit filed by the gun lobby concerning their murder insurance program for “Stand Your Ground” shooters, Carry Guard.
The NRA sued New York Governor Andrew Cuomo after he advised the state’s banks and insurers not to participate in Carry Guard. Cuomo did so for good reason. The New York Department of Financial Services had already fined both Lockton and Chubb for underwriting/insuring Carry Guard because the program was illegally covering criminal shootings and operating without a license.
ACLU’s decision to file an amicus brief in the case supporting NRA was met with immediate criticism by both the public and even internal ACLU staffers/volunteers. Many referred back to the ACLU’s ill-advised decision to support the armed Nazis and self-appointed white “militia” that invaded Charlottesville in August 2017, wondering if the civil rights organization had learned anything from that public relations disaster.
Please contact ACLU national legal director David Cole through one of the channels below and give him the following message (personalized to your liking):
I am outraged the national ACLU chose to submit an amicus brief in support of the NRA in the gun group’s lawsuit against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The lawsuit concerns the NRA’s “Carry Guard” insurance program for “Stand-Your-Ground” killers. The program has drawn repeated legal scrutiny from the New York Department of Financial Services. I thought ACLU had learned its lesson and come to its senses after backing the armed Nazis and assorted white “militia” terrorists who invaded Charlottesville in August 2017. Now I see you’ve learned nothing. The ACLU should be helping average citizens who struggle to find justice in this country, not a privileged, violent, white supremacist organization that has cost thousands if not millions of Americans their lives over the decades. No one has done more to degrade our First Amendment rights than the NRA. Their high-dollar lobbying has made it so easy for violent people to obtain firearms in America that free assembly in our public spaces has become a risky proposition. Where is your concern for the millions of Americans whose safety and and political speech is being threatened by the NRA? I am also shocked to see the ACLU stating that the prohibited categories for gun buyers in the U.S. are “overbroad.” Are you not aware that people with a lengthy history of violence routinely pass background checks and legally buy guns in this country—including a strong majority of our mass shooters? I have supported the ACLU in the past. I can assure you I will not send you another cent as long as you continue to back the NRA. I also want to see the ACLU in action defending the rights of victims and survivors of gun violence—the people you should have stood with from the very beginning.
ACLU National Legal Director David Cole
Phone: (212) 549-2500
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and https://www.aclu.org/general-feedback
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