South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has a burning question he wants the media to ask every Democratic politician. While he believes Democrats don’t want to be forced to answer truthfully, the Senator’s inquiry is a simple one: do they want to see the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution repealed?
Since February 14, 2018, spirited demands for gun control have been made by politicians, celebrities, young people, and others across the country. On this day, a former student mercilessly gunned down 17 souls at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. An additional 17 people were wounded. The casualties included 14 students and three faculty members. Pro-gun control Parkland students, along with their supporters, have commanded Congress to do something about gun violence. Their plethora of ideas consist of registries, bans on particular firearms, and prohibitions on gun sales. On March 24, 2018, the movement took to the streets of Washington D.C. and other major cities in the form of the March for Our Lives.
Some of those involved in this recent push for gun control have went so far as to call for a repeal of the Second Amendment. The latest notable person to do so is former United States Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. Notoriously liberal, Stevens dissented in the case of D.C. v. Heller. This significant case declared the Second Amendment protects individuals’ rights to possess a firearm. As a part of his dissenting opinion in the case, Stevens wrote the right to bear arms is a collective one rather than an individual one. The former Supreme Court Justice wasn’t alone in his views about D.C. v. Heller. Three other justices also dissented with the majority opinion.
On March 27, 2018, Stevens heralded the efforts of the pro-gun control Parkland students in an op-ed for the New York Times. Regarding the March for Our Lives demonstrations, Stevens said, “They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.” He stated that the groundswell was “a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms.” But, the former Supreme Court Justice didn’t think these measures go far enough. In fact, he said the current wave of anti-gun supporters should “demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.”
Stevens insisted that worry about a national standing army posing a threat to the security of individual states drove the creation of the Second Amendment. Revealing how preposterous he thinks the Second Amendment is now, he said, “Today that concern is a relic of the 18th century.”
The former Supreme Court Justice maintained that “it was uniformly understood” for more than 200 years after its adoption that the Second Amendment didn’t place any limits on both state and federal authority to pass gun control legislation. He commented that this assumption changed with the D.C. v. Heller decision. Concerning the decision, Stevens remarked, it “has provided the NRA with a propaganda weapon of immense power. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the NRA’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.”
On March 27, 2018, Graham told Fox News’s Martha MacCallum on “The Story” that he hopes liberal politicians will be coerced to reveal to the public whether they agree with the former Supreme Court Justice’s op-ed, the call to end the Second Amendment in particular.
Referring to Stevens, Graham said, “I’m glad he’s retired. He has a right to his opinion like every other American, but I’m up here to protect the Second Amendment, not repeal it.”
Realizing how the issue might make Democrats in battleground states squirm during an election year, the senator stated, “I can’t wait to hear what Nancy Pelosi says and every other liberal Democrat. See if they will stand with Justice Stevens or they’ll stand with the Constitution. I’m dying to know.”
~ Conservative Zone