“Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday,” retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens writes in a nytimes.com editorial. “These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.” And so . . .
That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.
I agree! They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment. Then all Americans would know that “gun reform” advocates want to re-form America into a statist paradise, where the government has an absolute monopoly on the use of force, and nothing bad ever happens.
Meanwhile, here in the real world, upstanding, right-thinking, liberty-loving Americans believe that if they like their Second Amendment, they can keep their Second Amendment.
Which they can — unless a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate decides otherwise, or it’s repealed by a constitutional convention activated by two-thirds of America’s 50 State legislatures.
Justice John Paul Stevens — a man who helped rule over the highest court in the land, who knows the Constitution like the back of his hand — reckons it’s a snap!
Overturning that [Heller decision establishing an individual right to keep and bear arms] 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.
That simple but dramatic action would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform. It would eliminate the only legal rule that protects sellers of firearms in the United States — unlike every other market in the world. It would make our school children safer than they have been since 2008 and honor the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence.
I call BS. The supposition that removing the right to keep and bear arms would make school children — or anyone else — safer defies history, logic and common sense.
We can only be thankful that the nonagenarian is no longer micturating on the Constitution as a Supreme Court justice, and that President Trump’s small “c” conservative appointee Neil Gorsuch is on the bench. And work/vote/pray to have for more like him, and fewer like Stevens.