John Paul Stevens served as a judge of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1970 to 1975, when he was nominated by President Gerald Ford to replace Justice William Douglas on the Us Supreme Court. At the time of his nomination, Stevens was considered to be a conservative Republican, but prior to his retirement in 2010, he was known to be quite the liberal.
Although he has been retired from the high court for the past 8 years, the 97-year-old former justice is again making headlines when he recently advocated that it is time to repeal the Second Amendment. He says the Amendment is just a relic from the 1700s when firearms were needed for a militia, but those days are long gone and that it is irrelevant to today’s America.
(NPR) – Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, responding to this past weekend’s March For Our Lives events across the nation, is proposing what some might call a radical solution to prevent further gun violence — repealing the Second Amendment.
In an op-ed in Tuesday’s New York Times, the 97-year-old Stevens writes that a constitutional amendment “to get rid of” the Second Amendment “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.”
The Second Amendment states 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.” Stevens called that concern “a relic of the 18th century” and says repealing it would eliminate the only legal rule that protects sellers of firearms in the United States…
Stevens’ argument about the Second Amendment being nothing more than an outdated relic of the past is the same argument that many Democrats have made about the entire US Constitution. Some of have called for it to be rewritten and modernized. This is the same argument that has been used against the Bible which has led to a large part of the church in America today in becoming more worldly and less Godly.