John Paul Stevens for the NRA

Former Supreme Court Justice Says We Should Repeal Second Amendment

"It says that "a right" of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed", said Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America in an interview with WND.

A retired Supreme Court Justice is calling for the repeal of the 2nd amendment. "The NRA is. It's the politics of guns that control our gun laws, not the law of the Second Amendment".

"That decision - which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable - has provided the (National Rifle Association) with a propaganda weapon of huge power", wrote Stevens, who served from 1975 until he retired in 2010.

Stevens, 97, said Monday that the Second Amendment should be repealed to allow for "constructive" gun control legislation. According to The Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute, the debate hinges on whether or not the amendment was intended merely to provide for a defensive force, or was meant to grant to individuals the right to bear arms.

The one who just tweeted the Second Amendment would never be repealed, a fact Twitter was swift to point out.

The debate over the Second Amendment centered on a dispute over who should control the militia, the federal or state governments.

Repealing an amendment to the Constitution is done neither quickly nor easily. It was a response to concerns raised during the ratification of the Constitution that the power of Congress to disarm the state militias and create a national standing army posed an intolerable threat to the sovereignty of the several States. Obviously, the Founding Fathers had something more in mind. "They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment".

National Review's Jim Geraghty‏ commended Stevens for being candid about his intentions, unlike most of his colleagues on the left.

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Mr. Stevens should know that preambles in and of themselves are usually considered non-binding.

Stevens penned an op-ed for the New York Times, where he praised the students of Parkland, Fla., who are protesting for stricter gun laws after a gunman killed 17 of their classmates and faculty in a mass shooting on Valentine's Day. The same can be said of semi-automatic pistols and the much-maligned AR-15 style semi-automatic rifles.

As I mentioned in my previous piece on this history, that 2008 ruling was the first time any individual right to own guns was ever upheld by the Supreme Court.

Others thought the call for repeal was an attempt to shift the public discourse. He added that Americans were "unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms".

Since 1980 there have been more than 30 shootings, where at least four people killed, at USA schools and universities. The right to self-defense surely terrified the racists of the South more than other. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld assault weapons bans adopted in NY and CT following the Sandy Hook massacre, while the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld similar legislation in Maryland.

Beyond that, the poll showed that a plurality of Americans do not see the Second Amendment as something set in stone.

Republicans, who typically run on a platform of supporting gun rights, now control 32 state legislatures, per data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. However, that's a far cry from eviscerating an individual's inherent right to possess arms altogether, which would happen if Mr. Stevens and his fellow anti-gun rights activists have their way.

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