Daniel Didech, the freshman Democrat state rep, introduced the social media snooping bill a couple of weeks ago. We covered it within a day or three of its filing. Since then two other political hack Democrats have signed on as sponsors. The national media has started picking up on the absurdity of his intrusive proposal, mocking it rather roundly.
And even the ACLU has come out opposed to HB-0888! From CBS Chicago:
Rebecca Glenberg with ACLU Illinois says the bill “doesn’t say anything about how that list will be retained and for how long and what uses it might be put to.”
The first amendment group worries police scanning social media may show bias.
“A person’s political beliefs, a person’s religious beliefs, things that should not play a part in whether someone gets a FOID card,” Glenberg said.
After all, the Illinois ACLU people don't want the Illinois State Police snooping around their (hypothetical) Swing Lifestyles, Tinder, Grindr, and PronHub social media accounts and all the naughty pics and videos therein. Any more than the rest of us want some $15 an hour political patronage state worker snooping through our private social media accounts.
Gun rights activists will certainly welcome the ACLU’s unexpected help in opposing a grossly unconstitutional proposal to the already unconstitutional Illinois Firearms Owners Identification Act. After all, just imagine a similar investigation carried out before issuing a permit to attend church. Or to vote.
Frankly, this bill is destined for the House Rules committee or some other place where it shall languish until the end of the 101st General Assembly session. And frankly, Daniel Didech needs to be reminded of his grossly intrusive, ludicrous proposal until he's voted out of office in the next election.
HOWEVER: It has been assigned to a House committee hearing this Wednesday and you know what that means! It means you can register your witness slip in opposition!
CLICK HERE to see who else has filed slips. As of a minute ago, there's exactly zero slips supporting intrusive snooping of social media accounts.