Published: Thu, March 29, 2018
Life&Culture | By Ben Goodman

Donald Trump defends Second Amendment, says it will never be repealed

Donald Trump defends Second Amendment, says it will never be repealed

Trump tweeted. "As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY".

"That decision - which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable - has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of enormous power".

John Paul Stevens, who served on the high court for almost 35 years, stated his case in an op-ed that appeared in Tuesday's New York Times. Stevens was one of four dissenters.

Macy McClintock, a junior at Robinson High School in Hillsborough County, joined thousands of other young people marching for their lives this weekend.

Stevens' proposal immediately lit up Twitter and social media.

"THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED" Trump said in an emphatic tweet.

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McClintock and fellow marcher Parisa Akbarpour argue their involvement in the "March For Our Lives" movement isn't about totally disarming Americans. Parents - certainly rightly so - want their children to be safe.

"I really think it's important to underscore that without bullets a gun is just a hunk of useless metal, and a would-be killer lacks the means to actually kill or maim", she said. "It's about banning all guns".

The retired justice is somewhat of an expert on the second amendment, having considered its proper scope in the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller.

Shackleton's fears are reflected in the statement issued by Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action, who said that Stevens' article shows the real motive of gun control advocates is to take away weapons. Some we spoke to in the Tampa Bay area say any repeal would require force to disarm them. Given the power of the gun lobby and its grip on the Republican Party, the political likelihood of the repeal of the Second Amendment (or any modification of it that would reduce the gun business) is slim to nonexistent. If guns are illegal more people are going to get stabbed. As The Atlantic reports, former Chief Justice Warren Burger said in 1991: "If I were writing the Bill of Rights now, there wouldn't be any such thing as the Second Amendment".

"I believe there are too many people who believe that it's a God-given right". The coming of age of the so-called "mass shooting generation" may increase that divide. Most state constitutions already featured language to protect that right.

"How can we blame the gun when we trusted the government?" Dianne Feinstein and Chris Murphy, both of whom have led the charge in pushing Congress to implement stronger gun control laws, or from advocacy groups like the Brady Campaign or Everytown for Gun Safety. But it's hard to find polling on the idea of repealing the Second Amendment, which should tell you something. Forty-six percent said they favored modifying the Second Amendment to allow for stricter regulations, compared to 39 percent who were opposed.

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