Retired justice urges repeal of Second Amendment

Retired justice urges repeal of Second Amendment

Retired justice urges repeal of Second Amendment

President Trump said the Second Amendment will never be repealed, despite a call for this by liberal activists and most recently, former United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

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".

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

That is exactly why Trump tweeted, "We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!"

Early Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump declared that the Second Amendment will never be repealed.

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Arguing that the militia-related concerns that led to its initial adoption are a "relic of the 18th century", the former justice said the gun lobby has used the constitutional right as a "propaganda weapon".

Stevens called on March for Our Lives protesters to pressure Congress to repeal the right to bear arms, which he described as outdated. The amendment then has to be approved by three quarters of the states.

This seems to reflect the opinion of most Democrats: A survey by the Economist and YouGov, conducted in February, found that 39 percent of Democrats want to repeal the Second Amendment, while 41 percent do not.

Allen noted that many gun control advocates argue that the nation's founders would never have foreseen the type of weaponry available for purchase nowadays. "This is exactly the kind of thing that motivates the right and signals to working-class swing voters that perhaps the Democratic Party and the political left doesn't really get them".

The former justice's piece appeared to resonate broadly on the right.

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The retired justice is somewhat of an expert on the second amendment, having considered its proper scope in the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller.

But Stevens said the students and their thousands of supports worldwide should be calling on lawmakers to repeal the Second Amendment because that would make more of a lasting change than upping the age to buy guns and some of the other ideas proposed.

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.

On Tuesday, the hashtag "Repeal The Second Amendment" was the No. 2 national trending topic on Twitter at one point.

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