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Former Supreme Court Justice: ‘Repeal the Second Amendment’, Trump: 'Never'

by Countable | Updated on 3.28.18

UPDATED - March 3, 2018: President Donald Trump vowed the Second Amendment would "never be repealed," a day after retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for just that.

This marks the first statement on guns or gun-control by the president after the massive March For Our Lives protests on March 24.

Read Countable's original story below.


What’s the story?

  • Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment.

  • In an op-ed published in the New York Times on Tuesday, the 97-year-old Stevens – a lifelong Republican - argues that the right to bear arms is outdated and misinterpreted:

"Concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of the separate states led to the adoption of that amendment…is a relic of the 18th century."

Why does it matter?

  • Stevens wrote that those who have been advocating for stricter gun control legislation – like the participants in the March For Our Lives – should move towards pressing lawmakers for the removal of the Second Amendment.

"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."

  • The former justice referenced his dissent in the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller case, which ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual's right to own a gun for self-defense within their home. "That decision…has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power," Stevens wrote.

What do you think?

Should gun-control advocates press lawmakers to repeal the Second Amendment? Would that lead to "more effective and more lasting reform"? Is the right to bear arms “a relic of the 18th century”? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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  • Karan
    03/27/2018
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    The Supreme Court is supposed to protect our rights. The reason we have our rights is because of the 2nd Amendment. It’s the 2nd Amendment that protects the other Amendment and when a former SCOTUS Justice calls for that right to be taken away, he is disgracing the job of the Supreme Court.

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  • Augusta
    03/27/2018
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    Stevens is simply wrong about the historical purpose of the Second Amendment. By stripping the people of the right of self defense, he would leave the US vulnerable to the horrific terrorist slaughtes experienced by the unarmed populace of Europe.

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  • JTJ
    03/27/2018
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    If this story is true then he is a senile old man who has forgotten how the constitutional amendment process works.

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  • Dara
    03/27/2018
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    The 2nd Amendment is so misinterpreted. The amendment was written over 200 years ago. The framers of the constitution believed this form of government was a grand experiment and should be ammended and changed as the country changed. It is unfortunate that strict constructionists have forgotten this. A gun in your home for protection I agree with but carrying a gun on your person in public has led to untold numbers of deaths in this country. It is time to ammend this ammendment and hold GUN MANUFACTURERS and their extended arm, the NRA accountable. When innocent “babies”are at school in what must be a safe environment are being slaughtered by this ammendment we must act. We must act now.

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  • Michele
    03/27/2018
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    I have no problem with the 2nd amendment. Just how it’s interpreted. At the time it was written no one had any idea about the sick weapons we could develop. That’s why the machine gun and bazooka are banned. And no one needs 10 guns to protect themselves. We could limit the type of weapon one owns and still support the 2nd amendment. Tell you what. Keep your right to own weapons and carry a blunderbuss or musket. That’s the type of weapon the writers of the constitution were familiar with. Not a gun that could shoot 100 rounds a minute.

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  • Truly
    03/27/2018
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    Stop getting you’re undies in a wad. You will still have your precious little compensators without an amendment. But the other 95% of us will be allowed to have common sense laws about guns. Kind of like the cars you are always throwing up as a comparison. We have cars and safety regulations, even without a special amendment.

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  • LydiaL
    03/27/2018
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    If high school students are too young to have legitimate opinions about gun control, so how about listening to long-time Republican, retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens? He HAS TO be old enough to have earned some legitimacy. Right?

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  • Brian
    03/28/2018
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    I don't agree with undoing the 2nd Amendment. It's pretty broad as it is written, and perhaps should be subject to further scrutiny and refinement in a new amendment, but if we go back and start repealing the original Bill of Rights, we're setting dangerous precedent. The 2nd Amendment doesn't say all people deserve all guns for all reasons. Let's think through ways to uphold the amendment in sensible, safe ways.

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  • MIKAL
    03/27/2018
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    A repeal of the 2nd Amendment would be a mistake. It is too fundamental to our history and culture. HOWEVER - it IS time for all Americans to stop heading to the extremes. WE need to have a REAL OPEN DISCUSSION - without name calling and defamation - about how to maintain citizens rights to own firearms AND prevent mass shootings ... it is as silly to promote arming teachers & issuing students with bullet proof vests and backpacks, as it is to promote the repeal of the 2nd Amendment. BUT politics as usual will prevail... people will line up on the side of the fence of their choice and vilify those on the other side ... and those of us calling for reasoned discussion about realistic solutions- we watch as any chance for positive change gets drowned out by the outrage of the extremes.

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  • singinghawk926
    03/28/2018
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    I support this completely! The Second Amendment is completely useless in an era of big money, corporatocracy, and the massive military-industrial complex. We have clearly demonstrated over the past 40 years that a tiny minority of the population can find ways to use it to hold sway over the majority of Americans despite the devastation of lives, and undermine the effective work of law enforcement. It’s time to recognize that this amendment has served its purpose and should be relegated to the bin of history!

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  • Gopin2018
    03/27/2018
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    This justice is advocating for civil war and that will be the result if they try to repeal our second amendment! So try it you damn socialist and communist, we won’t go quietly and into the night. We’ll fight till we can’t fight no more. God bless the United States of America.

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  • KenBudris
    03/27/2018
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    Thank you, Justice Stevens! The founding fathers were not gods and they did not carve the Constitution into stone tablets. It is meant to be a living document. Hell, the precious Second Amendment wasn’t even part of the original Constitution! It was added based on what seemed important at the time. That time has passed and the Second Amendment is now long overdue for repeal. Based on the Second Amendment, assault rifles are more Constitutional than handguns, since the former are more appropriate for use in a militia. We can’t, as a nation, have a meaningful discussion on gun laws until we properly redefine gun ownership as a privilege rather than a right.

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  • Nancy
    03/27/2018
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    The first words of the second amendment to the Constitution are “well regulated”. It doesn’t mean anyone can have as many guns as they want. It’s possible to want to protect loved ones and I understand that hunting is a hobby for many. I support establishment of a gun violence research institute, full background checks on all gun owners and closing the gun show loophole. Furthermore, the NRA is a domestic terrorist organization on par with ISIS

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  • Robin
    03/27/2018
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    Repeal the second amendment. It was written for a specific time in history and no longer applies.

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  • Caleb
    03/27/2018
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    Might as well be telling terrorists, “ Hey, come shoot us, we can’t shoot you.” If the second amendment is thrown out the window. Sure the 2nd amendment was written in 1776, but so was the 1st! So was the third! All of the beginning articles were written in that time! You don’t hear anyone screaming or marching to repeal the 1st or any of the others. If the 2nd goes, law abiding citizens won’t be able to protect themselves or there families! Some celebrities that support the marches have armed bodyguards! Kinda ironic if you ask me. They say that guns shouldn’t be near schools but they have men with guns near them! When will it end!!!! River Rocks won’t do much versus a bullet! It’s like the saying,” Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight.” Except it’s,” Don’t bring rocks to a gun fight!”

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  • Mark
    03/27/2018
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    Shall not be infringed upon!!! “From my cold dead hands”!! We The People will stand

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  • ManfromNebraska
    03/27/2018
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    How about taking his guns first and any guards he has. Then see how long he believes the second amendment should be repealed. He must have lost any common sense...if he ever had any.

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  • Samantha
    03/27/2018
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    The second amendment is outdated and should be repealed. We need to move forward as a nation just as the founding fathers wanted. The constitution is supposed to be a living document that changes with each generation not be stagnant forever.

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  • J. scott
    03/28/2018
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    I read the article earlier today in the New York Times and I can say although I’m a liberal Democrat I don’t favor repealing the 2nd amendment or any constitutional amendments simply because I don’t like them or their societal impact. First, I simply don’t think it’s possible as it’s so popular, second, I don’t think it’s necessary to get the changes most people want. Third, and most importantly I think the article does a good job clarifying the original thinking of the founders as to why the amendment was included. Finally, I’ll end by noting that we as a country/society need to stop expecting and seeking an all or nothing solution to this particular conundrum compromise is possible and we simply must find it. Also, taking everyone’s guns or allowing personal judgment to prevail I don’t believe will work or is working. Just because a law guarantees a right to do something don’t mean sensible limitations aren’t appropriate or doable. Anyway, one man’s opinion.

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  • Wayne
    03/27/2018
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    42% of households in the United States own at least one gun. The majority of these households never commit a crime with a gun. 100% of guns never commit a crime. The crime is committed by the person holding the gun. Our judicial system in the United States is not making criminals who commit gun crimes pay for those crimes we need a change. Maybe we need judicial control where judges are mandated to have minimum sentences for gun crimes. Maybe then we can get the criminals off the street and law abiding Americans can keep their guns like the second amendment of the Constitution guarantees.

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