“NO WAY”: Trump Rejects Call to Repeal Second Amendment
After retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for an immediate repeal of the Second Amendment in an essay for the New York Times on Tuesday, President Trump responded with a forceful denouncement on Twitter the next morning.
“THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED!” Trump wrote. “As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY. We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!”
While some conservatives were rankled by President Trump’s recent shifting position on additional gun control (particularly the “due process” comment), he has been a stalwart defender of the right to bear arms when push comes to shove. He is perhaps the most NRA-friendly president that has ever sat behind that desk in the Oval Office, and we don’t doubt his commitment to making sure the integrity of the Second Amendment is upheld…no matter how many marches the left organizes in Washington.
In his op-ed piece, the former justice praised the March for Our Lives youth who flooded the streets on Saturday, saying they sent a “clear message” to the federal government that it was time to enact various forms of gun control. However, he noted, merely raising the age of purchase or implementing universal background checks was not enough.
“The demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform,” he said. “They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”
After running through the typical argument that the Second Amendment is outdated and anachronistic in today’s society, Stevens said one of our most important rights is now merely a tool for the NRA to use for its own greedy purposes.
Stevens said that until a landmark 2008 case came before his court, federal law held that the Second Amendment did not extend to an individual’s right to bear arms.
“In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms. I was among the four dissenters,” he recalled. “That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment 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.”
Well, we’re not sure even the most rabid leftist would agree that getting rid of the Second Amendment is a “simple” matter, considering that it would require three-fourths of our states to ratify…even if it were to pass Congress. To imagine EITHER of those scenarios right now is to indulge pure fantasy.
Indeed, though, that’s not the point. The point is to drive the tolerable limits of conversation further and further left. Then, when liberals suddenly want to, say, just ban AR-15s…well, it sounds so much more reasonable than all that crazy talk about repealing the Second Amendment. This is why it’s important and necessary to fight back against any and all Democrat attempts to restrict gun ownership. We won’t win every single battle, but we cannot afford to lay down and surrender to any of them.