Trump Pounces After Stevens Calls For Second Amendment Repeal

Saul Bowman
March 30, 2018

Repealing the Second Amendment may be an extreme move in and of itself - and a nigh impossible one given that it would require approval from 38 states - but given the Supreme Court's Heller decision, is such a repeal the only way to ensure meaningful gun control legislation?

South Carolina's Sen. Lindsey Graham has some harsh words for a retired Supreme Court justice who wants to repeal the Second Amendment.

President Trump went on to say this is why more Republicans need to be elected in 2018, and that the GOP must always hold the Supreme Court.

In an op-ed he penned for the New York Times, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has come out decidedly against the Second Amendment, advocating for its repeal. Stevens was one of four dissenters.

Stevens previously disagreed with a 2008 ruling in which the high court said the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to own a gun for self-defense.

In February, the NRA's Political Victory Fund received almost $780,000 from supporters of the Second Amendment.

"That decision - which I remain convinced was a wrong and certainly was debatable - has provided the NRA with a propaganda weapon of vast power", the former justice wrote.


"...to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and 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".

Never mind that leading Democrats aren't talking right now about repealing the Second Amendment. It is unclear if Congress will consider additional gun control measures. Both houses of Congress have to propose and pass a measure with two thirds of the vote, and then that has to be ratified by three quarters of all states.

It's important to note that Stevens did not suggest taking guns but rather the repeal of the amendment.

"It protects the preexisting right to use guns by members of a militia", Stevens said at the time.

"THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED!" he tweeted. As The Atlantic reports, former Chief Justice Warren Burger said in 1991: "If I were writing the Bill of Rights now, there wouldn't be any such thing as the Second Amendment".

Conservatives were quick to respond to the op-ed.

"Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday", Stevens wrote.

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