A former Supreme Court justice calls for repealing part of the Bill of Rights

  • 28 March 2018
  • NormanL
A former Supreme Court justice calls for repealing part of the Bill of Rights

If the anti-Second Amendment crowd was intent on unifying conservatives ahead of the 2018 midterms, they seem to have done it.  If they were eager to swell the ranks of gun rights organizations like the NRA, they have done that, too. How did they do so much in so little time?  They saw the New York Times publish an op-ed from Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens calling for the repeal of the Seocnd Amendment.

Stevens appears to be nursing a grudge that the Court, despite him, reaffirmed that gun rights apply to individuals. So the decision, and the Amendment, must go:

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.

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 schoolchildren safer than they have been since 2008 and honor the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence.

We give the judge credit for his honesty. No dancing around the issue with appeals to "safety" or "common sense." Just straight-up repeal -- for the children, of course.

While we are somewhat shocked to see a former justice's call to remove part of the Bill of Rights, we should not be surprised. The left has long desired disarming the citizenry. Not because of safety, but for control. We need look no further than the thuggish Venezuelan regime to see the end game:

Venezuela has brought a new gun law into effect which bans the commercial sale of firearms and ammunition.

Until now, anyone with a gun permit could buy arms from a private company.

Under the new law, only the army, police and certain groups like security companies will be able to buy arms from the state-owned weapons manufacturer and importer.

The ban is the latest attempt by the government to improve security and cut crime ahead of elections in October.

Yes, that is an extreme example and yes, other nations have banned or otherwise curtailed private gun ownership. We, thankfully, are not other nations.

But we encourge and sincerely hope the anti-gun forces rally behind Stevens' call and press their repeal campaign. Get that amendment through Congress and the state legislatures. Take all the time you need. Just don't be surprised when the effort -- monumental as it is -- utterly fails.

In the meantime, we thank Justice Stevens for ripping the mask off the gun grabbers and revealing their true intentions. And as for gun rights groups...they will likely thank him, too. He's the best membership recruiting tool they've had in decades. As for Republicans? They could not have asked for or designed a more brilliant rallying point.