Something drastic has changed in America in the ongoing aftermath of the Parkland shooting. There seems to be a new shift in the way Americans feel about there rights. The mindset of giving up rights is exceptionally dangerous and needs to be stopped immediately. The youth of today are being led by the emotion of rebellion and not by the knowledge of the past.
The constitution was forged by men with foresight and knowledge, they created the most successful democracy the world has ever seen. But today people are beginning to question whether the constitution is timeless and whether certain amendments should be altered or even repealed.
Today in an article written by Breitbart the unimaginable happened, Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says the right to bear arms has run its course, and now’s the time to “repeal the Second Amendment.”
He suggests that student protesters should shift their focus from pursuing legislation to pursuing a change in the constitution.
The Hill quoted a New York Times‘ op-ed, in which Steven praised the efforts of students protesters, then said, “Demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”
He stressed his belief that there is ample support to raise the minimum age for long gun purchases, “[prohibit] civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons,” and enact universal background checks. But made clear that more should be done.
Stevens expressed his continued disagreement with the District of Columbia v. Heller(2008) decision, suggesting that a repeal of the Second Amendment would remove the hindrances posed by that decision and would allow sellers of firearms to be sued once more. He described removing Heller via repeal of the Second Amendment as a “simple but dramatic action would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform.”
Voters prioritize protecting citizens from gun violence over protecting the rights of gun owners. And while majorities support a variety of gun control proposals, the latest Fox News poll also finds doubt Congress will act — or that it would make any difference if it does.
By a 13-point margin, voters consider protecting against gun violence more important than protecting gun rights (53-40 percent).
In addition, there’s substantial support for specific measures to reduce gun violence, including: requiring criminal background checks on all gun buyers (91 percent), requiring mental health checks on all gun buyers (84 percent), raising the age to buy all guns to 21 (72 percent), putting armed guards in schools (69 percent), and banning assault rifles and semi-automatic weapons (60 percent).
Could we be seeing the beginning of the next civil war? Some Americans are now willing to part with their 2nd amendment right to bear arms. We even have a former Cheif Justice talking about repealing the 2nd amendment. Have we not seen in history where governments disarmed nations which paved the way for atrocities to happen?
The argument that the AR platform rifle should be banned is also very dangerous. The AR-15 rifle is today’s musket. If a public is stripped of its ability to defend against a tyrannical government because we are outgunned then we have failed. There are things that can be done to protect our children at school, but we also need to protect their rights to grow up in a free state.
When the 2nd amendment was drafted they understood that times like these would come up, and the fact that it is still there is why we are a free people today.