“Five Little Words”: Justice Stevens Recommends Changes to 2nd Amendment

John Paul StevensRecently, gun control advocates have seized upon retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens’ recommendation that the 2nd amendment should be changed with “five little words”. The major problem with his thought is that it totally disregards the intentions of America’s founding fathers and the very substance of this most important liberty. His change would gut the very purpose of the 2nd amendment, the right of the free and independent citizen to protect himself, his family and his property from a tyrannical government. Listen to our founding fathers:

“The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them.”

“I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians.”

– George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)

“Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self-defense.”

– John Adams

Pretty clear and simple! Giving Justice Stevens the benefit of the doubt, he is well intentioned but misguided. As a lifelong product of an elitist environment, it is not surprising that Stevens might suggest such a ‘solution’ to firearm violence. He could just as easily come to the conclusion that we common folk would be better served by adding five little words to most of our liberties. He might very well suggest that the first amendment would be better if freedom of speech or the freedom of religion was “At the government’s sole discretion”. Doesn’t sound so simple anymore. Giving up America’s hard fought essential freedoms is never acceptable.

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4 thoughts on ““Five Little Words”: Justice Stevens Recommends Changes to 2nd Amendment

  1. Justice Stevens’ proposed change to the Second Amendment does not make it match what he argued it to mean in Heller. Besides, his Heller dissent argument that the Second Amendment protects state militia powers is directly at odds with the documented views of the founders. See the first post of the current series, Justice Stevens’ Train Wreck of American History, and several subsequent posts documenting the founders’ view at On Second Opinion Blog.

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  4. That is exactly true. It baffles me to hear about Piers Morgan not taking issue so much with handguns, but with firearms capable of overthrowing a tyrannical government. It is quite comical to hear a Brit tell an American that the idea of needing a firearm for anything along those lines is outrageous. I wonder what happens to people that allows them to actually dismiss the truth, fact, and general common sense to boot?

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