Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens–not to be confused with John Paul Jones, who is differentiated by having been awesome, a patriot, and proof of the value of privately owned weapons–has editorialized that the 2nd Amendment should be repealed and that there is no individual right to possess firearms. High school kids talked him into this, apparently. No idea where he stands on eating laundry soap.
I’m glad he did this, frankly. You see, Stevens SCOTUS career was marked my his unapologetic judicial activism. He ruled according to what social justice demanded on his most important cases, rather than the Constitution; he based his decisions on foreign law where it was convenient, rather than the Constitution; and he ruled according to his own notions of what was “unconstitutional” regarding the death penalty based on his own feelings rather than the merits of any cases above what the Constitution or even the Supreme Court had decided was constitutional.
It’s refreshing to see that he’s finally acknowledging the supremacy of the Constitution above his own feelings by suggesting that the Constitution should be amended to resolve a major social issue.
Stevens has done a wonderful thing. First, he has verified for anyone who ever doubted it that the political Left really does want to disarm Americans. It’s getting harder and harder for the anti-gun side to deny that they only intend to stop at “common sense reforms”. I like to see the one side that lies and misleads constantly about all facets of gun rights and gun control finally tell the truth about something. In this case, its own motives.
The second great development is that Democrats are going to be put under pressure during the midterm campaigns to either support or denounce Stevens on this topic. Repeal of the 2nd Amendment doesn’t have majority support in any region of the US. I don’t think it even has majority support among a single demographic of Americans. It’s an extreme position that Democrats are most welcome to chain to their necks.
I mean, 30 states voted for Trump in 2016. I’d say there’s an absolute certainty that not one of them would vote for repeal and the effort to do it would serve to further alienate the coastal, urban Democrats from, well, everything else. Particularly every state which validates a right to keep and bear arms in its state constitution.
Finally, any attempt to introduce a repeal of the 2nd Amendment would be a perfect opportunity for pro-gun Americans (the overwhelming majority) to introduce a competing amendment which would strengthen the 2nd Amendment. Really, imagine a replacement for the 2nd Amendment that eliminates the confusing militia clause and emphasizes the right of Americans to own and carry firearms for self-defense and for the security of the nation against all enemies, foreign and domestic. That’d shut the likes of Stevens up and it has a much higher likelihood of ratification than a mass gun grab, right?
In conclusion, I’m pleased with Stevens’s statement on this. Nobody should be upset either. In fact, I think the likeliest outcome of this effort is that we’ll see both a higher respect for the Constitution by the Left and an affirmation of the individual rights to keep and bear arms by the time the Parkland farce finally runs its course.