Retired Supreme Court Justice Calls for Repeal of 2nd Amendment
Retired Justice John Paul Stevens is a liberal and has been ever since serving on the US Supreme Court. Nowhere is that more obvious than when he wrote an op-ed in the The New York Times calling for repeal of the 2nd Amendment because it’s “outdated and misunderstood.”
Make no mistake, although he is labelled a “Republican,” he has never been such, even though he served on the Supreme Court from nomination by a Republican President – Richard Nixon. In his career as a Justice, he began establishing himself as part of the liberal wing of the court. His op-ed in the NYT proves that he is easily swayed by foolish arguments made by indoctrinated school children.
OYEZ wrote, (emphasis mine):
“Although appointed by a republican, over time Justice Stevens emerged as a leader for the Court’s liberal wing. …Justice Stevens retired on June 29, 2010. At age 90 when he stepped down, he was the third-longest serving Justice in the Court’s history. Since retiring he has written two books, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, and Five Chiefs: a Supreme Court Memoir.
So, in fact, this former court justice has not believed that the Constitution is relevant for some time. But isn’t that the job of the Supreme Court? To judge things on the basis of the Constitution?
“The interpretation of the laws is the proper and peculiar province of the courts. A constitution, is, in fact, and must be regarded by the judges, as a fundamental law. It therefore belongs to them to ascertain its meaning, as well as the meaning of any particular act proceeding from the legislative body. If there should happen to be an irreconcilable variance between two, that which has the superior obligation and validity ought, of course, to be preferred; or, in other words, the constitution ought to be preferred to the statute, the intention of the people to the intention of their agents.” Alexander Hamilton in Federalist Paper #78
Apparently Mr. Stevens doesn’ care about that, and hasn’t for a significant number of years.
The Hill reported,
Stevens wrote that the Second Amendment has been misinterpreted in recent decades to extend beyond its original intent to allow citizens to form militias in the face of potential government tyranny.
Repealing it would lift legal protections for firearm sellers and manufacturers and would ultimately reduce gun violence in the U.S., he wrote.
“That simple but dramatic action would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform,” Stevens wrote.
The 2nd Amendment is not now, nor ever has been “outdated,” nor has it been “misinterpreted” in the Heller decision. While everyone focuses on the “militia” word, and babble about government “tyranny” it is, at its core, a right to self-defense that extends to all Americans.
Changing the Constitution would not “reduce gun violence”- in fact it would increase it. There are approximately 300 million guns in this country, most of which are owned by law-abiding citizens. Stevens is a fool to think that there are enough police, deputies, federal agents to remove them all…not to mention the blood bath that would ensue from those who would not reliquish them willingly. No thanks, Mr. Stevens, you can keep your opinion, but keep it out of our lives. You are actually creating criminals.
And that’s not even counting the criminals who always manage to get guns- just look at Europe. Rigid gun control laws in Europe and they still have killings by jihadists with guns. Look at Chicago’s extreme gun murder rates, California, and others which have rigid gun laws. Repealing the 2nd Amendment would destroy the individual’s right to protect their families and people around them.
Featured photo By Steve Petteway, Staff Photographer of the Supreme Court Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7990759. Justice Stevens is 2nd from the left in bottom row.