Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens just made a radical recommendation, he called for a repeal of the Second Amendment. Stevens said the right to bear arms is outdated and misunderstood.
The former justice was quoted in an op-ed published by The New York Times saying that students and anti-gun violence advocates should press lawmakers to take on the amendment. The protests so far have focused on implementing new restrictions on semi-automatic weapons and strengthening background checks for gun purchases. But the Republican justice wrote that repealing the Second Amendment would result in more lasting change.
“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,” Stevens wrote.
“But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform,” he continued. “They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”
This op-ed came just three days after hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in cities all across America demanding an end to gun violence. The rally known as “March for Our Lives,” was organized in the wake of a deadly mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida last month.
The young students from that high school have risen to be the most vocal advocates for new gun control laws and have demanded that lawmakers distance themselves from the NRA.
Justice 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. He believes repealing the amendment would lift legal protections for sellers and manufacturers and reduce gun violence.
“That simple but dramatic action would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform,” Stevens wrote.
Can you believe that this former Supreme Court Justice is willing to take this activism so far?
Credit: The Hill