Gun Grabbing Begins: Former SCOTUS States it’s Time To Repeal 2nd Amendment!
The far left has been inching its way closer to grabbing all guns from citizens and now former SCOTUS Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment claiming it is a relic of the 18th Century!
In an op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times, the 97-year-old Stevens writes that a constitutional amendment “to get rid of” the Second Amendment, “would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.”
It will not be long before this is the foundational mantra for the far left and it might just be a silver lining.
The left has worked hard so far… to make their message clear that they do not want to grab guns. They know that message will severely hurt their cause. Justice Stephens just outed them.
In a New York Times op-ed, Stevens said the recent March for Our Lives demonstrations. as well as, the civic engagement after the Parkland school shooting “demands our respect.”
Protesters have been calling for legislation to ban semi-automatic weapons. They want a minimum age to buy guns. More comprehensive background checks.
But in the back of their minds, their ultimate goal is to outright ban guns. Stephens just opened the dialogue and you can be sure it will be in full swing soon.
USA Today reports:
“Concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of separate states led to the adoption of that amendment, which provides that a ‘well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,'” Stevens wrote. “Today that concern is a relic of the 18th century.”
Stevens pointed to District of Columbia v. Heller, the 2008 landmark case that protected an individual’s right to possess a firearm unconnected to a militia, as a turning point. The ruling — of which Stevens was a dissenter — overturned “long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach,” he said, and gave the National Rifle Association “a propaganda weapon of immense power.”
“Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the NRA’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option,” he wrote.
Stevens has received pushback over the op-ed.
In a Twitter thread, Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor, argued that repeal wouldn’t have the effect the former justice imagines it would. He noted that it would “do little to change America’s gun laws,” especially in states that are anti-gun control.
“The Second Amendment is not a barrier to enacting good gun laws,” he wrote. “The NRA is. It’s the politics of guns that control our gun laws, not the law of the Second Amendment.”
This could be the gift that keeps on giving.
Even a majority of the Democratic party would be opposed to this. Nearly three in four Americans agree the Second Amendment guarantees the right of Americans to own guns. Polls show that less than one in five Americans want the Second Amendment to be repealed.
It will be interesting to see if any Democrats pick up this idea in this year’s campaigns. It would surely be a present for Republicans.
I admire Justice Stevens but his supposedly “simple but dramatic” step of repealing the 2d Am is AWFUL advice. The obstacle to strong gun laws is political, not legal. Urging a politically impossible effort just strengthens opponents of achievable reform.https://t.co/7VzMGXCYeV
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 27, 2018
Despite the slew of mass shootings that have been in the news over the past few years, support for gun rights in America still appears strong. A recent Pew poll, which spoke to 2,010 adults, of whom 1,567 were registered voters:
The poll found that 52% of Americans want to want to “protect the right of Americans to own guns.”
46% want to pass more gun control laws. When the poll was first taken in 2000:
66% of Americans wanted more gun control. Only 29% wanted to protect gun rights.
Take away guns, then knives would become the weapon of choice. Take away knives, then a ball bat would become the weapon of choice. Then, take away ball bats….
My point being is that no matter what is deemed illegal the criminally insane will find a way to inflict harm or death. Remember, simple box cutters were used on 911, killing over 3000 people.
My heart goes out to the families of the recent massacre victims. But gangland killings of innocents, through the use of illegally acquire guns, far out number these instances. Taking the guns from law-biding citizens won’t correct this problem.
While Stevens claimed such an action would “be simple,” it likely would be anything but. Amending the Constitution requires securing two-thirds majorities in both the House and the Senate — and then three-fourths of the states would have to ratify the amendment.