Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment to allow for significant gun control legislation.
The 97-year-old Stevens says in an essay on The New York Times website that repeal would weaken the National Rifle Association’s ability to “block constructive gun control legislation.”
Stevens was on the losing end of a 2008 ruling in which the high court held that the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to own a gun for self-defense. He had previously called for changing the Second Amendment to permit gun control.
Stevens says the decision in that case, District of Columbia v. Heller, “has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power.” Stevens retired from the court in 2010, after more than 35 years.
Interestingly enough, even the hard-left disagree.
Matthew Yglesias of the very, very Marxist Vox says:
“Trying to repeal the amendment simply sets up the gun control movement for failure, since the political barriers to amending the Constitution are so high. And to prioritize an amendment is in fact to cede the constitutional argument to the NRA and falsely imply that the existing text and precedents don’t allow for sensible gun control.
Suggesting that a constitutional amendment is needed simply creates a nearly insurmountable roadblock to progress — constitutional amendments need to be ratified by 38 states — and distracts from the already difficult problems of political organizing. And if at some point constitutional law does become relevant again, there are lots of ways of address that short of an amendment drive.
People who favor moderate gun control measures but worry about more draconian steps can vote for politicians who favor moderate gun control measures secure in the knowledge that draconian stuff is off the table. By contrast, talking about Second Amendment repeal accomplishes the reverse — raising the suspicion that Congress is poised to pass something far more extreme than actually has any support on Capitol Hill.”
You can read more of Yglesias’ attempts to justify undermining “SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED” by clicking the blue hyperlink above, but I think you get the point.
Even the hard left doesn’t want to attempt an outright abolishment of the 2nd Amendment, at least not yet. They’re smart enough to know that not enough people have yet been brainwashed to change their minds about guns, just as Eric Holder suggested in this speech excerpt below.
The fact of the matter is, while we may not have to worry about an outright push to abolish the 2nd Amendment, there are countless laws and regulations from the Federal level down to the small towns across America that need to be abolished because they simply do not comply with the Constitution.
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March 28th, 2018