Supreme Court justices take an oath to “faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon” them “under the Constitution and laws of the United States,” but that doesn’t mean they can’t call for others to try and chop out the parts they don’t like:
John Paul Stevens: Repealing the Second Amendment would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform https://t.co/6USnyIMMDq
— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) March 27, 2018
You know how the Left addresses concern from the pro-2nd Amendment crowd by saying “nobody wants to take your guns away!” Well, maybe that’s not entirely true — and this guy’s not even a flaming lefty:
“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 in the New York Times.
He added: “But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”
Stevens said the landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision, which upheld that the Second Amendment protects the individual’s right to bear arms even for those unaffiliated with a militia, has become a “propaganda weapon of immense power” for the NRA.
“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,” Stevens said.
With Stevens’ legal background, you’d think he’d be more familiar with the Law of Unintended Consequences. But with one op-ed the 97-year-old former SCOTUS justice probably singlehandedly helped sell a few guns and NRA memberships. Congrats, judge! At this point, Stevens strikes me more as a pissy old man trying to burn it all down on his way out the door than somebody actually trying to help solve a problem.
Even Laurence Tribe thinks Stevens jumped the shark:
I admire Justice Stevens but his supposedly “simple but dramatic” step of repealing the 2d Am is AWFUL advice. The obstacle to strong gun laws is political, not legal. Urging a politically impossible effort just strengthens opponents of achievable reform.https://t.co/7VzMGXCYeV
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 27, 2018
When Laurence Tribe thinks you’ve gone too far left, yikes!