There has been a lot going on in the news lately involving shootings, protests, the NRA, and the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution… which guarantees U.S. citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Lines are being drawn in the sand between the two sides… those who are willing to defend their rights, and those who think that they know better than our founding fathers. Sure, there needs to be some sort of line because things are getting out of hand. But taking away gun rights is not the answer!

Last night I was browsing a popular news website and ran across an article that made me really roll my eyes. It seems that one of our former Supreme Court justices, John Paul Stevens, doesn’t just want gun reform… he wants to completely repeal the Second Amendment. But don’t just take my word for it. Let’s go straight to the horse’s mouth:

 

“The demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.” ~ Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens

As if that statement wasn’t idiotic enough, Stevens went on to comment about a 2008 landmark case, District of Columbia vs. Heller, in which the Supreme Court upheld that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to bear arms for self-defense.

“That decision, which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable, has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.”

First of all, Johnny Boy, regardless of what your twisted little power-hungry mind thinks, the Second Amendment is not debatable. Secondly, what makes you think you know better than our founding fathers? What? They wrote the constitution during a time when guns weren’t a problem? Perhaps you’ve forgotten about the whole Revolutionary War in which we were fighting for our freedom from oppression from our then-government… sound familiar?

At the end of the day, the United States Constitution grants us the right to keep and bear arms. Period. Like it or not, every single one of you senators, judges, and other assorted government officials swore to uphold it. And in case you don’t actually know what the amendment says, here it 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.”

Infringe
verb
to act as to limit or undermine (something); encroach on.

So let’s get this understood. The founding fathers declared that our rights, the rights of the people, to own, keep, and carry firearms, shall not be limited or undermined. Now, that sounds pretty cut and dry to me. What say you?