Museum Censorship: Attacking the Second Amendment Means Attacking the First

Museum censorship takes place when a museum must get rid of displays to satisfy political correctness.

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A museum uses historical artifacts to communicate about the past. It educates viewers using real objects.

The Lynden Pioneer Museum, in the northwest part of Washington State, has now been censored by a new voter-approved law. As the Bellingham Herald reported:

The Lynden Pioneer Museum will remove World War II-era guns from a current exhibit and return them to their owners, to avoid violating the new background-check law, according to the museum’s director.

The new law, passed by voters this month as Initiative 594, requires background checks on the recipients of guns in all sales or transfers, with exceptions for family members and antiques.

The 11 rifles the museum borrowed from collectors for the exhibit are too new to qualify as antique under the law, and I-594 is silent on any exemption for museum displays.

“I read through the law about 10 different times looking for a loophole,” said Troy Luginbill, the museum’s director.

The exhibit, “Over the Beach: The WWII Pacific Theater,” which includes vehicles, radios, photographs and journals, as well as guns, will continue until May 1 as scheduled.

So an exhibit has been censored. Why? Because all the rhetoric about how “The voters want common-sense gun laws” drowned out the fact that constructing “common-sense laws” is much more difficult than it seems. When you take away the power of people to rule their own lives then you have to think through all the different situations that might arise so that your law actually follows common sense in all those occasions.

[See also, “No Gun Permit Unless You Give Up Your Facebook Password.”]

In this case, the “common-sense law” wasn’t common sense at all. It was moronic. A museum is losing exhibit items because no one knows how to perform a “background check” on a museum.

So Liberalism ends up leading to censorship. Is anyone surprised?