Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Retired Justice calls for repeal of 2nd amendment

Retired Justice calls for repeal of 2nd amendment

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens took to the op-ed page of the New York Times Tuesday to call for the repeal of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Watters said many Americans would object to federal agents seeking arms confiscation, and the policy change would cause "an absolute bloodbath". Stevens was one of four dissenters. He also states it has provided the NRA with a "propaganda weapon of enormous power".

According to the Associated Press, repealing the amendment would be extremely hard.

Experts say there are two ways to go about it.

Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor at George Washington University, explained that the founding fathers specifically designed the constitutional amendment process to be extremely hard.

The Second Amendment appear the United States first Bill of Rights in 1791 and over the years has sparked repeated debate over the its intended goal. Rather, he argued that the term "people" in the Second Amendment was meant to be confined to a small sub-set of the population, the group of citizens serving in a state-run "Militia". Repealing an amendment requires the same colossal overlapping supermajorities as passing an amendment, namely a two-thirds majority of both houses of Congress followed by ratification votes in both houses of the legislature of three fourths of the states (that would be 38 states and 76 houses). In 2016, President Barack Obama felt compelled to publicly state that "I believe in the Second Amendment" as he announced a set of extremely limited executive actions on guns.

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Only one amendment to the Constitution has ever been repealed: in 1933, the 21st Amendment was added to the Constitution, effectively repealing the 18th Amendment, which instituted Prohibition.

"Emboldened by the mainstream media, the gun-control lobby is no longer distancing themselves from the radical idea of repealing the Second Amendment and banning all firearms". Society certainly has a vested interest in keeping guns out of the hands of hardened criminals and the mentally ill, for example. "I want every Democrat to answer that question", he said. It is my observation that people tend to enjoy power, and when they get power they often like to expand it if possible. "And they do it in open violation of the clear language of the Second Amendment, which says 'shall not be infringed'".

As ABC News reports, the 45th president appears to have been spurred on by a Tuesday editorial that appeared in The New York Times.

Following last month's fatal shooting at a Florida high school, and as a movement rose out of the shooting, the national gun debate surged - once again - into the spotlight. That includes some of the survivors of the Parkland massacre.

Stevens wrote in his op-ed that the demonstrations "demand our respect".

Repeal of the Second Amendment is required in part because of a 2008 high court decision restricting the rights of governments to regulate firearms, Stevens wrote in an article in which he also criticized the NRA.

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