Alabama Judge Asks: What if Gun Stores Were Under Attack Like Abortion Clinics?

judge-myron-thompsonIt’s no secret that in many Republican-controlled states, their legislatures continue to do just about everything they possibly can to restrict a woman’s right to have control over her own body.  While some states have passed laws requiring women to have sonograms, or be exposed to anti-abortion propaganda before having the procedure, the most popular way conservatives have tried to attack women’s rights is by making it nearly impossible for abortion clinics to operate within their state.

They pass arbitrary laws that do nothing but set requirements for abortion clinics that are so strict that it’s nearly impossible for many of them to remain open.

But of course they don’t consider it an attack on women’s rights – it’s all done in the name of “protecting women’s health.”  See, they claim that these laws are designed to protect women.  Which, of course, is a load of crap.  It’s just a “loophole” many conservative state legislatures have tried to exploit because they can’t place an outright ban on abortions.

So they figure if they can’t ban abortions, they’ll make it nearly impossible for a woman to have one.

Though no matter what conservatives personally feel about abortion, there’s one undeniable fact they continue to ignore: The right for a woman to have an abortion is a constitutionally protected right. 


Well, U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson posed a very interesting hypothetical in his dissent against the Alabama law that set ridiculous standards for abortion clinics to meet in order to remain open.  If the law were to be enforced (it’s still currently in the process of appeals) it would close all but two clinics in the state.

He essentially asked, what if legislation was passed (either by the federal government or the state) which set such strict standards on firearm sales that all but two gun stores in Alabama were forced to close?

“The defenders of this law would be called upon to do a heck of a lot of explaining — and rightly so in the face of an effect so severe,” Thompson wrote. “Similarly, in this case, so long as the Supreme Court continues to recognize a constitutional right to choose to terminate a pregnancy, any regulation that would, in effect, restrict the exercise of that right to only Huntsville and Tuscaloosa should be subject to the same skepticism.”

And he’s absolutely right.  Though I’m sure many conservatives would refuse to draw the parallels between abortion rights and our Second Amendment rights.  Even though both are constitutionally protected rights.

Just look at how outraged many gun nuts get at the very mention of universal background checks on all gun purchases.  Hell, even the suggestion of the most moderate of gun regulations usually sends many of these people into a frenzy of paranoid delusion claiming that it’s a step toward gun confiscation.

Though the issue lies within the hypocrisy of conservatives.  While they champion themselves the party for “constitutional values,” they really only mean values for which they support.  If someone, or some group, is given rights with which they disagree, they’ve clearly proven that they have absolutely no problem doing everything they can to violate those rights.

And that hypocrisy is exactly what Judge Thompson was alluding to when he wrote his opinion on this case.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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