Retired Supreme Court Justice Would Re-Write Second Amendment
By Harold Hutchison
John Paul Stevens was on the losing side of the Heller vs. District of Colombia case where the Supreme Court threw out Washington D.C.’s ban on handguns, in the process declaring that the Second Amendment protected an individual right to own firearms. Now, the retired Supreme Court justice wants to re-write the Second Amendment.
Appearing on “This Week” with former Clinton Administration aide George Stephanopoulos, Stevens admitted that he was removing any Constitutional restrictions on the power of government to ban firearms, saying, “it should be legislatures rather than judges who draw the line on what is permissible.”
The removal of such protections could make midnight gun grabs like the one passed in Connecticut much more likely at the federal level. Senator Dianne Feinstein once famously stated that if she could have gotten the votes, she would have passed a law that was along the lines of “Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them in.”
Stevens views gutting the Second Amendment as a “moderate” proposal. Gun-grabbers have similarly painted bans on certain firearms and magazine bans as “moderate” as well. Stevens’s book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, also argues for amending the constitution to wipe out the death penalty and to allow for more restrictions on campaign finances.