In the wake of today’s McDonald vs. Chicago Supreme Court ruling, it appears a wiki editor has revised the Brady Campaign’s Wikipedia entry to reflect the true nature of their anti-gun organization.
Organization type is “non-profit lobbying group / Hate group”? I can’t think of a more honest or appropriate description. It seems that being labeled as a member of a hate group, however, has hurt somebody’s feelings because wiki user Lwsimon objected by stating a citation was needed for the claim that the Brady Campaign is a hate group. Another wiki editor obliged and added this text to the page’s summary:
Following the incorporation of the 2nd Amendment in the Supreme Court decision McDonald v. Chicago, and the resulting acknowledgment of the right to keep and bear arms as a “fundamental right” of US citizens, the Brady Campaign subsequently met the definition of a hate group due to their stated opposition to an established civil right.
Now, I’ve previously joked about the gun control organization being the “Brady Campaign to Prevent Lawful Self Defense”, but this wikipedia edit summarizes the issue and the organization really well. Anybody or any group who opposes allowing law-abiding citizens access to the most efficient tools to protect themselves also opposes the most basic civil right: self defense.
*UPDATE* It appears that the Wikipedia entry for Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign, has also been appropriately updated following yesterday’s ruling:
In 2001, after stepping aside from as mayor, Helmke co-wrote a book Son of a Son of a Politician , discussing not only his experiences with politics but also that of his father and grandfather. In May 2006 Helmke was named President of the hate group, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
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