“What we are talking about here is a constitutional right. This is not a privilege, the constitutional right to vote is something fundamental to who we are as Americans,” Attorney General Eric Holder told NBC during a March 12, 2012 interview discussing the Justice Department’s efforts in fighting voter ID laws that require photo identification in many states.
In his July 10th address to the NAACP, Holder was critical of the Texas voter ID law in particular. Criticizing the state for accepting concealed carry identification, but not student IDs under the voter ID proposal, “Now listen to this, listen to this. Under the proposed law concealed handgun licenses would be acceptable forms of photo ID, but student ID’s would not. Many of those without IDs would have to travel great distances to get them and some would struggle to pay for the documents they might need to obtain them, we call those poll taxes.”
Since Holder and the Justice Department want to fight proposals that may create a barrier to someone exercising their constitutional right to vote, I’m sure he would complain about a state that put up obstacles in getting a concealed carry permit as well. No one should have to show ID to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, right?
I’m sure if Eric Holder heard about the proof of ID, residence and business history, fingerprinting, photographing and $140 dollar fee needed for a concealed carry permit in Texas, he would be active in fighting those measures.
He just hasn’t heard about it…right?