Former Supreme Court Justice Wants To Repeal The Second Amendment

Former Supreme Court Justice Wants To Repeal The Second Amendment

Former Supreme Court Justice Wants To Repeal The Second Amendment

In his essay published Tuesday, Stevens talks about the "March for Our Lives" events on Saturday which drew crowds in cities across the country. Stevens cited the March For Our Lives protest and growing calls for gun control in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla. earlier this year.

"The courts have overwhelmingly ruled that there is no inconsistency between second amendment rights and reasonable, commonsense gun safety laws, and states are already stepping up to protect people from gun violence", said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown, in a statement.

Stevens had previously argued the Second Amendment should be amended, two years after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

"These demonstrations demand our respect", Stevens said.

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"The demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform", he said.

Stevens also quoted former Chief Justice Warren Burger's line about the NRA being "one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime". Stevens, along with retired Supreme Court justice David Souter and sitting justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, dissented from the majority opinion in that case.

A decade on, Stevens remains convinced that decision was "wrong and certainly was debatable", and that it has handed the NRA "a propaganda weapon of enormous power".

"That simple but dramatic action would move Saturday's marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform", Stevens wrote.

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He argued the National Rifle Association weaponized the Second Amendment to stymie federal gun regulation, which led to the modern interpretation to mean "an individual right to bear arms" set by the high court in the 2008 decision DC v Heller.

"It would make our schoolchildren safer than they have been since 2008 and honor the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence", he said.

The GOP lawmaker added that he has "zero intention of following" Stevens's suggestion, and criticized "out-of-touch" liberals for attacking the Second Amendment. But if nothing else, Stevens's op-ed brings forth the conversation of how important the supposed unlimited right to own weaponry capable of mass murder really is.

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