Carl at No Oil For Pacifists has a post up about the ACLU's suit against the New York Police Department policy to search bags. Carl calls this "The Right to Be Murdered." While I agree with Carl that the Police should have the ability to search your bags when using the subway in New York, the ACLU is quite correct in that it is probably an illegal search and seizure. While I disagree with the ACLU's suit, it does have good legal standing and I would be surprised it the ACLU did not file suit.
But what really bothers me is that the same people (and I don't know Carl's position on this, so I am speaking in general) who will stand up and decry what the ACLU is doing as "the right to be murdered" will often be the same ones who will be in the front of the line defending the NRA and unfettered access to weapons such as 50 caliber rifles. These rifles can bring down a plane but the NRA will defend the right to own them as a paramount necessity. Any regulation would be a violation of the 2nd amendment.
Isn't it pretty hypocritical for people to attack the ACLU trying to defend against unlawful search and seizure while saying nothing about the NRA and their defense of the weapons that can kill us (or vice versa)?