Retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens calls for repeal of second amendment

“Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, responding to this past weekend’s March For Our Lives in several cities is proposing what some might call a radical solution to prevent further gun violence- repealing the second amendment,” as NPR is reporting.

“In an op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times, the 97 year-old Stevens writes a constitutional amendment ‘to get rid of’ the second amendment, ‘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.'”

“The Second Amendment states that ‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.’ Stevens called that concern ‘a relic of the 18th century,’ and says repealing it would eliminate the only legal rule that protects sellers of firearms in the United States.

“Stevens, who retired from the court in 2010, had two years earlier dissented in the case District of Columbia vs. Heller that determined the Second Amendment allowed an individual right to bear arms. Stevens says he remains convinced that decision was wrong and debatable, and which provided the National Rifle Association with ‘a propaganda weapon of immense power.'”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

One thought on “Retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens calls for repeal of second amendment”

  1. Isn’t it amazing how throughout American history Supreme Court decisions have shaped our destiny: Marbury v. Madison, Dred Scott (denying African-American slaves citizenship), Plessy (upheld separate but equal schools, Roe v. Wade, etc. More recently most of the decisions with a significant effect have been 5-4, pretty much along party lines: Bush v. Gore, Citizens United, district of Columbia v. Heller (discussed above, establishing gun ownership as a ‘right’), Shelby County v. Holder (allowed states and localities to change voting laws without federal approval in spite of the Voter Rights Act. There have been other 5-4 decisions that have gone the other way like mandating spousal benefits for federally employed legally married same-sex couples and some recent gerrymandering cases, but for the most part the close calls that have been more controversial seem to have mostly gone in favor of the corporate class.

    Appointing judges is probably the most long lasting thing a President can do. The fact that Republicans broke tradition and refused to hold hearings on Obama’s nominee and ultimately got yet another even more conservative judge and given the possibility that trump could appoint one or more judges in the near future does not bode well for the country as a whole. People need to activate themselves. On a local level, that means repeating the turnout at La Malfa’s town hall meeting at the fair grounds at every possible opportunity.

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