" President Trump tweeted in response to retired Justice John Paul Stevens's op-ed in the New York Times calling on Americans to rid the Constitution of our right to bear arms.
Supreme Court justice to repeal the Second Amendment has President Donald Trump saying "no way" as he hopes to make a solidly conservative court the lasting legacy of his time in office."The Second Amendment will never be repealed!
In 1991, the conservative former chief justice, Warren Burger, launched a broadside against the document that for 30 years on the Supreme Court, it was his job to interpret.“If I were writing the Bill of Rights now,” he said in an interview on the Mac Neil/Lehrer News Hour, “there wouldn’t be any such thing as the Second Amendment.” Burger went on to say that the 27-word amendment referencing “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” had been the subject of “one of the greatest pieces of fraud—I repeat the word ‘fraud’—on the American public by special-interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”Gun-control advocacy groups occasionally bring up Burger’s words to buttress their campaign against the special-interest group to which he was undoubtedly referring, the National Rifle Association.
But in the decades since, as the push for tighter limits on guns has surged and stalled, again and again, none of them have taken up the suggestion implicit in the justice’s critique: There has never been a serious effort to rewrite or repeal the Second Amendment.“It’s really not part of the discussion,” said Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, the nation’s oldest gun-control group named after the former press secretary to Ronald Reagan who was wounded in the 1981 assassination attempt on the president.
Now, some on the left say the movement’s tactics and consensus-driven strategy have conceded too much to the NRA and gun-rights supporters.“For years, established gun organizations have asked for half a loaf and walked away with a quarter, if anything at all.
Oftentimes, nothing at all,” said Igor Volsky, a deputy director at the liberal Center for American Progress who founded Guns Down.
The main ask for most advocates remains a universal background-check system that closes loopholes that allow people with criminal records or mental illness to buy firearms at gun shows or from private dealers.
The groups largely also back a ban on assault-style rifles, limits on high-capacity magazines, a crackdown on straw purchasing, and an end to the prohibition on federally-funded research into gun violence as a matter of public health.
It is not simply protect the Second Amendment or your guns get taken away," Schumer said.
"There's a middle ground, which is what America pleads for."In fact, for the measures the March for Our Lives students support—universal background checks and assault weapons bans—the biggest obstacle is partisan politics, not the Second Amendment, at least for now."If President Trump can replace Justice Ginsburg, they may actually shift the Second Amendment jurisprudence to the right and perhaps other laws may actually be struck down," Blackman said.