Repeal of Second Amendment could result in 'tyranny'

Hannah Rogers
April 2, 2018

A landmark Supreme Court decision in 2008 in the case "District of Columbia v. Heller" ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's rights to bear arms, even for people unaffiliated with a militia.

In the wake of outrageous statements by anti-gun radicals like former Justice John Paul Stevens that call for the repeal of the Second Amendment, President Trump tweeted that it will never happen.

"A very important and respected, in some circles, Democrat said we should get rid of our Second Amendment", Mr. Trump said, almost at a loss for words.

"That decision - which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable - has provided the NRA with a propaganda weapon of huge power", Stevens said.

The former justice argued that repealing the Second Amendment would "weaken the N.R.A.'s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option".

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In his essay published this week, Stevens talks about the "March for Our Lives" events on March 24, which drew crowds in cities across the country.

I have heard some hunters tell me they're not concerned with the semiautomatic sporting rifles such as the AR-15s being banned since they don't own or use them anyway.

Stevens calls it a relic of the 18th century.

"They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment", he wrote. The amendment then has to be approved by three quarters of the states.

"We think that the focus has to remain on removing weapons from risky individuals, not on blocking all Americans from their constitutional rights", she said. Considering why the amendment was written should lead us to different conclusions about the viewpoints of the NRA.

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