After Retired Justice Attacks Second Amendment, Trump Comes Out Swinging

A retired Supreme Court Justice called for an end to the Second Amendment. However, President Donald Trump put the Democrat in his place, making a powerful promise.

After a former Supreme Court Justice called for an end to the Second Amendment, President Donald Trump fired back. (Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

We brought to you the shocking story of John Paul Stevens. The 97-year-old retired Supreme Court Justice recently wrote an article for the New York Times. He claimed the only way to end mass shootings is to repeal the Second Amendment entirely. Calling it a “relic” of the past, he made the case for the Supreme Court to invalidate the major right.

It’s nothing new, as we’ve seen. Since the Parkland shooting, Democrats have demanded “common sense” gun control. We already have common sense gun control; in some states, the laws are so strict that an American can’t even get a gun. What they’re really asking for is a repeal of all our gun rights.

Stevens’ article was simply adding fuel to the fire. Democrats want this keystone right repealed, leaving all Americans defenseless.

His article quickly went viral, appearing on news site and social media. Today, the President weighed in on the issue. In no uncertain terms, he declared that the Second Amendment will never be repealed.

God, you gotta love this guy.

President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to defend the Second Amendment just a day after retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for its repeal… Trump, who has in the past appeared to change positions on tougher gun laws, took a firm stance in the tweet, and issued a warning if Republicans come up short at the polls. [Source: Fox News]

“THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED!” he tweeted. “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!”

In the aftermath of the Parkland shooting, President Donald Trump seemed to waver on his support for gun rights. He discussed passing stricter measures that limited Americans’ access to guns. Some of those measures included raising the age to purchase firearms to 21 and more extensive background checks. At one point, he even endorsed the confiscation of weapons, before due process.

It’s not surprising that some supporters became upset. During the campaign, Trump strongly endorsed the Second Amendment. He promised to protect this right for all Americans. Attempts to pass any kind of gun control could have been seen as a betrayal.

His morning tweet destroys any notion that Trump is going back on his word. The President made it very clear that he is in full support of our Second Amendment rights. He went on to reiterate to his supporters about the need to get more conservatives into Congress. The mid-term elections can decide the fate of our gun rights for years to come. If more Democrats get in, they might push stricter gun laws. When Trump appoints new Justices to the Supreme Court, they can block them.

While a repeal of the Second Amendment is very difficult (through the passage of another amendment) there are other ways the right can be eliminated. A Supreme Court ruling can greatly limit our gun rights. Or, depending on the case, can invalidate them altogether. The Supreme Court has the power to weigh in on Constitutional issues. Although unlikely, they could repeal the Second Amendment in the future. That can happen if more liberals are appointed to the Supreme Court, which is what Stevens was intending with his article.

Stevens was on the losing end of a 2008 ruling in which the high court held that the Second Amendment gives individuals the right to own a gun for self-defense. He had previously called for changing the Second Amendment to permit gun control.

Stevens said the decision in that case, District of Columbia v. Heller, “has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power.” Stevens retired from the court in 2010, after more than 35 years. [Source: Fox News]

We see that Stevens wants to use the Supreme Court as a weapon to limit American rights. He is still bitter that he lost that case in 2008. In his op-ed, he was hoping to influence the public discussion on guns, to push the Supreme Court into passing a new ruling, one that limits Americans’ right to self-defense.

That won’t happen anytime soon, but who knows what will occur in the future? If Democrats get an advantage in Congress, they will do everything in their power to undo our rights. First it will be the gun rights. After that, you better believe our freedom of speech and religion is next.