Former Supreme Court Justice Says We Should Repeal Second Amendment

Should the Second Amendment, the part of the U.S. Constitution that gives Americans "the right to bear arms", be repealed?

"As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY", he added.

Trump said the piece highlights the necessity of electing GOP senators, to ensure the quick confirmation of Republican Supreme Court appointees.

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment, saying it's outdated and misunderstood. The last amendment was approved in 1992 - two centuries after it was first proposed. Stevens was among the four dissenters.

While numerous students and activists have cast the Second Amendment as outdated, there have been no major organized efforts to repeal the amendment - which in itself would present a massive undertaking.

Stevens says the decision in that case, District of Columbia v. Heller, "has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of vast power".

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

It's important to note that Stevens did not suggest taking guns but rather the repeal of the amendment.

As with many issues, Trump's stated position on guns has been inconsistent. As of this writing, any calls for the repeal of the Second Amendment have been limited to various individuals (such as Stevens) speaking or writing on their own, and not speaking on behalf of any legislative bodies. In that case, two-thirds of state legislatures would need to call for such a convention, and states would write amendments that would then need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states. And as we documented, there is bipartisan support in opinion polls for things like banning bump stocks, limiting high-capacity magazines and even putting restrictions on guns like the AR-15.

Stevens' call to action, which came in a New York Times opinion piece, shows how "the Left is committed to tearing America apart at the seams", Stinchfield said. New restrictions were passed in Florida after the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in February.

The op-ed elicited support from gun activists and liberals across the country, including outspoken San Antonia Spurs basketball coach Gregg Popovich.

On Tuesday, the hashtag "Repeal The Second Amendment" was the No. 2 national trending topic on Twitter at one point.

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