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Retired Supreme Court Justice Stevens says Second Amendment should be repealed

Former Supreme Court Justice Says We Should Repeal Second Amendment

Advocates for gun rights have long argued that the Second Amendment is a necessary barrier to prevent full-scale confiscation of firearms, which they see as the end goal of many gun control measures. 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.

While he was at it, the president also cited this year's elections for the Senate, which confirms judicial nominees: "We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!"

Arguing that the militia-related concerns that led to its initial adoption are a "relic of the 18th century", the former justice said the gun lobby has used the constitutional right as a "propaganda weapon".

Stevens' call for a repeal is not the first remark from a former member of the Supreme Court against the Second Amendment.

But just 1 in 5 Americans support Stevens' call to repeal the amendment, according to a survey conducted in February. Repealing the Second Amendment would require super-majorities of Congress and state legislatures. It is unclear if Congress will consider additional gun control measures.

It's important to note that Stevens did not suggest taking guns but rather the repeal of the amendment.

McMahon told CBS News it's "very unlikely" that the Second Amendment could ever be repealed. And as we documented, there is bipartisan support in opinion polls for things like banning bump stocks, limiting high-capacity magazines and even putting restrictions on guns like the AR-15.

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The retired justice is somewhat of an expert on the second amendment, having considered its proper scope in the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller.

Following last month's fatal shooting at a Florida high school, and as a movement rose out of the shooting, the national gun debate surged - once again - into the spotlight.

While numerous students and activists have cast the Second Amendment as outdated, there have been no major organized efforts to repeal the amendment - which in itself would present a massive undertaking.

But Stevens called on demonstrators to "seek more effective and more lasting reform".

Conservatives were quick to respond to the op-ed.

On Tuesday, the hashtag "Repeal The Second Amendment" was the No. 2 national trending topic on Twitter at one point.

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