(National Sentinel) Bill of Rights: President Donald J. Trump on Tuesday pushed back against former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Steven’s call to repeal the Second Amendment in the wake of the Parkland, Fla., school shooting.
“THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED! As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY. We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
In Tuesday’s New York Times, Stevens — one of the high court’s liberal judges — said he disagreed with SCOTUS’ 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller ruling which upheld that the Second Amendment is an individual, not a collective, right.
He also wrote that the founders never envisioned guns like the military look-alikes often used in mass shootings.
Describing the Second Amendment as an 18th-century “relic,” he said the principal purpose of the Second Amendment — to allow for states to defend against invasion — has long passed.
“Concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of the separate states led to the adoption of that amendment, which provides that ‘a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’ Today that concern is a relic of the 18th century,” he wrote.
Supporters of the Second Amendment have argued that the founders well understood that the right to bear arms was a basic, inalienable human right — not one to be granted and thus taken away by government.
They have also said that the founders had to have known that there would be further technological advancement in the area of firearms because firearms had already advanced to some extent during their lifetimes.
“If the Second Amendment is a ‘relic,’ as this retired Supreme Court justice says it is, then isn’t his right to say that a relic as well?” said The National Sentinel‘s editor-in-chief, J. D. Heyes. “How about our Fourth Amendment right to privacy, or our Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination?
“How about our Sixth Amendment right to a trial or our Eight Amendment right against unusual punishment?” Heyes continued. “It’s always the same with the Left. Only our gun rights are ‘out of date.'”
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