Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens: Repeal The Second Amendment To Stop NRA & Make US Safer
Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens advised repealing the Second Amendment to weaken the NRA, which is paid millions by gun manufacturers to fight gun safety laws and promote lethal weapons.
Stevens shared his advice in an op-ed for The New York Times:
In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms. I was among the four dissenters.
That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power. 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.
(Source: The New York Times, Photo Credit: Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)