The push by the anti-gun left received a huge boost on Tuesday by way of a The New York Times op-ed by former a former Supreme Court justice who claimed the Second Amendment is “a relic of the 18th century.”
Former Justice John Paul Stevens argued there is no longer a need for citizen militias to be armed and asserted that the Court’s D.C. v Heller decision — which he dissented against — was wrong in its recognition of the Second Amendment applying to the individual.
He called for the “simple but dramatic action” of repealing the Second Amendment as a means to remove the legal basis upon which the gun industry and gun ownership rests.
Set aside for a moment that his opinions of the Second Amendment and the Heller decision are wrong — let’s look at his “simple” proposal of repealing a Constitutional amendment and one of Americans’ most treasured rights.
There is nothing “simple” about getting rid of an amendment to the Constitution, as it would require a new amendment countermanding or striking the old one, and would require the support of 2/3 of both chambers of Congress and the support of 3/4 of the states for ratification.
That simply is not going to happen any time soon, if ever, as was noted in a forceful tweet by President Donald Trump on Wednesday, according to the Washington Examiner.
“THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED!” Trump tweeted.
THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED!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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
That tweet followed an official response from the White House that also made clear that the Second Amendment isn’t going anywhere as far as the Trump administration is concerned.
“The president and the administration still fully support the Second Amendment,” stated press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, according to The Washington Times. “We think that the focus has to remain on removing weapons from dangerous individuals, not on blocking all Americans from their constitutional rights.”
Our readers no doubt recall how significant of an issue the Second Amendment was in the 2016 election, as failed Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton made it clear that she was largely opposed to the individual right to keep and bear arms and would likely seek legislative or executive actions to restrict that right if she were elected.
Then-candidate Trump expressed just as clearly how he would protect and defend the Second Amendment if elected, and garnered the rare early endorsement of the National Rifle Association in his bid for the White House.
His plan included enforcing and strengthening existing laws instead of adding new gun control measures, and was couched in an understanding that the natural right to self preservation supersedes even the Constitution and U.S. government.
Since being elected, Trump has made a curious comment or two in regard to gun rights, but has come nowhere close to threatening the Second Amendment as those on the left have.
His latest assertion should leave little doubt among gun-owners and anti-gunners alike that a repeal of the Second Amendment simply isn’t going to happen, at least not on Trump’s watch.