Supreme Court Justice Says Repeal the 2nd – Gun Nuts Losing Their Freakin’ Minds
Gun nuts on twitter are going crazy over this former justice’s opinion
On Tuesday, March 27, The New York Times published an opinion piece written by John Paul Stevens, a former Supreme Court Justice who had served from the Burgers Court to the current Roberts Court before retiring in 2010. Widely considered to be one of the more leftist justices, it should come as no surprise that his article was appropriately titled “Repeal the Second Amendment.”
In it, Stevens praised the recent activism for gun control created by Parkland activists of Never Again MSD. However, he suggests that their platform, which calls for very reasonable changes in federal laws regarding firearms on the free market, did not go far enough. As the title more than implies, he suggested that they go one step further and call for a full-out repeal of the Second Amendment.
Stevens’s argument is based off of a more literal reading of the Constitution, where he insists that it pertains to the “preservation or efficiency of a ‘well regulated militia.'” However, he noted that when the NRA became the right-wing political monstrosity it is now widely recognized to be, in the 1970s, it began to pervert the original intentions of the Founding Fathers. It reached the point where then-Chief Justice Warren Burger, who was a conservative, had this to say about the notion of an individual right to bear arms:
“This has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”
Well unfortunately, we live in a time where not only are gun nuts agitated by the rise in gun control activism, but also where honest, well thought-out opinions are not welcome. Particularly in a sound byte, tweet, headline, and blurb driven communications culture on social media, where people’s attention span is shorter than ever, and what it takes to get their attention is getting ridiculous. And so, unsurprisingly, the response on Twitter has been nothing short of hysterical. And Stevens, though he clearly had noble intentions, may have unintentionally hurt the goals of Never Again MSD by whipping them up.
There is a silver lining, however. Stevens is right, as was Justice Burger, that the NRA has perpetrated a huge fraud on the American people. Using as their excuse the defense of a right that the Second Amendment never imparted in the first place: namely the completely unregulated possession and even flaunting of all sorts of firearms.
The first four words of the Second Amendment are also the most important, and so inconvenient for the NRA’s argument that they essentially ignore them altogether. “A well regulated militia…” is exactly the opposite of a bunch of wild and crazy yokels, or lunatics, recklessly blowing objects, animals, and people away with any weapon they can get their hands on, for no reason with no rules, and no repercussions. “A well regulated militia” means responsible gun owners. It means an organized, trained, and yes, if competent, armed citizenry, whose access to and use of those arms is not only regulated, but well regulated – if not infringed (or taken away, either gradually, or all at once).
So in other words the government can make rules for those who qualify for a militia to keep and bear arms. Those gun owners are expected to follow those rules, and as long as they do, and remain sane and otherwise competent to keep and bear those arms, then the government cannot infringe on their right to do so.
But that’s not what the NRA has led people to believe. And from their reaction to Justice Stevens’ Op-Ed, it’s clear they’ve been completely taken in by the NRA’s “fraud”, that Chief Justice Burger referred to.
Check out some of the worst ones below:
The end game of the left is total repeal of 2A, and complete gun bans. Already been admitted, so keep your bs.
— Trevor (@BigTisback) March 27, 2018
Not true! I am a gun owner in NY. I marched for comment n sense gun laws not a BAN!
— Amelia (@AmySandspeaks) March 27, 2018
— HW Helser (@HW_Helser) March 27, 2018
It actually IS HELPFUL.
It is a honest piece that admits what we already knew: large number of the Left want the end of the Second amendment.
— Pradheep J. Shanker, M.D., M.S. (@Neoavatara) March 27, 2018
— Syndicalist Revolution (@BlacSyndicalist) March 27, 2018
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