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Former Justice Stevens: Remove 2nd Amendment to ‘Improve’ Constitution

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Washington DC - -( Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has released a new book focused, in part, on “improving” the Constitution through amending the Second Amendment–by making the rights protected therein applicable only to a militia instead of the citizenry at large.

Stevens’ book is titled Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution.

As written, the text of the Second Amendment is: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, Stevens believes recent court decisions–notably District of Columbia v Heller (2008) and McDonald v Chicago (2010)–placed too much emphasis on individual rights, rather than on what he believes was the Founding Fathers’ primary goal: namely, to answer “the threat that a national standing army posed to the sovereignty of the states.”

His solution is to amend the text of the Second Amendment so that it reads: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed.”

In other words, the protection of the right becomes collective and is only protected for those serving in the militia.

Among the many problems with Stevens’ idea is the often overlooked fact that the Second Amendment did not create a right when it was ratified in 1791. Rather, the Founding Fathers created the Second Amendment to protect a portion of the “certain unalienable Rights” with which man was “endowed by [his] Creator.”

The rights protected by the Second Amendment are individual rights, as are the rights that are protected, but not created, by the First, Third, Fourth, and Fifth Amendments, among others.

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  • 12 User comments to “Former Justice Stevens: Remove 2nd Amendment to ‘Improve’ Constitution”

    1. Supreme Court declines challenges to gun laws

      Reuters – 8 minutes ago

    2. Just what we need, some idiot to come in and change the Constitution to their liking so they can screw over We The People.

    3. Kevin McGonigal on February 25, 2014 at 9:04 AM said:

      What he seems to forget is that in the 1700’s the entire male population between 16 and 60 was the militia (except for half wits and ministers). I guess he would have been among the exempted.

    4. Over 200 years of traditions that work, being “transformed” by Progressives!

    5. Gene Major on February 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM said:

      Mr. Stevens you would fit right in with Mr. Putin. You’re such an AHOLE move out to one of the other countries that needs a smart man like yourself.

    6. Another justice that doesn’t seem to understand the Constitution. He makes a ass of himself with statements such as these.

    7. Yes , so the federal government can more easily enslave all of us freedom lovers that do not want to be enslaved under his NEW COMMUNIST WORLD ORDER like all the other formerly free countries of Canada , Australia , New Zealand , Britain , and etc: etc : etc :

    8. Prepare.

    9. If the Founding Fathers wanted it that way,
      they would have written it as Stevens has.

      The language used in the era, well regulated, has no reference to government control, but in fact ‘in working order’.

      “I say, your timepiece is well regulated”

    10. William H. “Billy the Kid” Bonney became a “regulator” after Lincoln County, New Mexico “Cattle Barons” took his employers ranch by force. Do you see any modern day parallels?

    11. Seanoamericano on February 27, 2014 at 7:55 AM said:

      This guy is a National Embarrassment,and just another typical liberal dickweed and no value to America. The rest of the world is laughing at us considering the giant step down. Its time to ignore the buracrats and their garbage.

    12. Justice Stevens’ arguments in his Heller dissent are directly contradicted by the statements of the founders. Numerous such contradictions are documented in posts at On Second Opinion Blog. The first post in the current series showing there is no historical foundation for Stevens’ Heller dissent arguments is entitled Justice Stevens’ Train Wreck of American History.

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