You may have heard by now that former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court John Paul Stevens wrote an editorial in which he calls for the 2nd Amendment to be repealed. First off, for those who are saying they aren’t calling for that, they are. Don’t for a moment let anyone get away with saying they aren’t. This is a high-profile individual saying in a very high-profile way.
Secondly, take time to actually think, honestly, what repealing it would mean. It would mean war. What else could it mean? Are you going to hand over your now illegal gun? If not, they are going to have to take it from you. How is that going to look? SWAT teams and bullets. The only people legally allowed to have guns will come into your home and take yours. That isn’t scare mongering or hyperbole. It is the only way it can go down. That’s the way it has gone down time and time again. Will some people willingly give them up? Of course they will. But America will not mirror other countries that have banned firearms. There are over 300,000,000 guns in private ownership.
Our nation has risen up with the 2nd Amendment and we will be loath to give up a right. What makes all this the more disgusting is that it is NOT based on fact but rather just emotion. Children are safer in school than anywhere else. More deaths are caused by hands and hammers than AR15’s. Those are facts, not opinions. Don’t forget that the straw that broke the camel’s back for our nation’s birth came when British soldiers were ordered to take the colonists’ guns. April 18, 1775, British troops marched from Boston to Concord in order to seize the guns. This is the day that Paul Revere had his ride. He and others made sure the colonists were ready. Today that ride could be a tweet or text message. On that day Americans became Americans because the British tried to take their guns. Why did the British try this? What possible reason could they have in disarming them?
They wanted to disarm them because they knew that they were dissatisfied with their government. The British in London feared a revolt over the numerous intrusions of government and the high taxation the colonists suffered. Though we will never know, the war for Independence that occurred that summer may not have happened if the British had not tried to take the guns. But that they did is the foundation for the 2nd Amendment.
“Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” – Thomas Jefferson
That cannot be successfully argued against. Even in our own nation, as still free as it is, the rights of the individual have been eroded and the power of the government increased. The lie, expertly told and frequently so has been the means of much of this decay. Using fear and pity as weapons those in power have convinced people that more and more is required, in fact owed to the people, from government’s teat. They ignore the price of this and the slavery they place their fellow citizen under when they take his goods for the purposes of another who did not earn them.
There have been many straws placed upon the back of the American people. It would be folly to place this last one, just as it was folly for the British.John Paul Stevens_ Repeal the Second Amendment - The New York Times