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Second Amendment: Reforms, not repeal

31 March, 2018, 06:06 | Author: Tara Roberts
  • Rights have limits except those regarding guns

With the political response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas massacre as the backdrop, John Paul Stevens, a retired associate justice of the Supreme Court, offered the politically explosive suggestion this week of repealing the Second Amendment.

"My initial reaction is to not be that surprised", says Greene, who notes Stevens wrote a dissenting opinion in 2008 that argued that the Second Amendment did not protect individuals' right to firearms.

Stevens says the decision in that case, District of Columbia v. Heller, "has provided the NRA with a propaganda weapon of enormous power".

U.S. Reps. Alcee Hastings and Debbie Wasserman Schultz support several new restrictions on firearms, including banning assault weapons and raising the age for buying some firearms.

"It's poorly written", King said of the amendment to TMZ.

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"That decision - which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable - has provided the (National Rifle Association) with a propaganda weapon of enormous power", wrote Stevens, who served from 1975 until he retired in 2010. "They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment", he wrote.

Barber subbed in as the host of "Sandy Rios in the Morning" yesterday and discussed the March for Our Lives rallies last weekend that attracted hundreds of thousands of people to support calls for gun law reform. An amendment to the Constitution can only be proposed either by Congress with a two thirds vote in both houses or by a constitutional convention called for by two thirds of the state legislatures.

Behind all of this is the Second Amendment. The amendment then has to be approved by three quarters of the states.

When District of Columbia v. Heller asserted an individual's right to bear arms, Stevens said it "provided the NRA with a propaganda weapon of vast power".

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