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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment 1633

CanHasDIY (1672858) writes "In his yet-to-be-released book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, John Paul Stevens, who served as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for 35 years, believes he has the key to stopping the seeming recent spate of mass killings — amend the Constitution to exclude private citizens from armament ownership. Specifically, he recommends adding 5 words to the 2nd Amendment, so that it would read as follows: 'A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.'

What I find interesting is how Stevens maintains that the Amendment only protects armament ownership for those actively serving in a state or federal military unit, in spite of the fact that the Amendment specifically names 'the People' as a benefactor (just like the First, Fourth, Ninth, and Tenth) and of course, ignoring the traditional definition of the term militia. I'm personally curious about his other 5 suggested changes, but I guess we'll have to wait until the end of April to find out."
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

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  • by beheaderaswp (549877) * on Wednesday April 16, 2014 @10:03AM (#46767801)

    I'm not conservative by any stretch of the imagination... However...

    Everyone should be armed. Assuming you're not a felon, a weapon should be in every single citizen's possession. Period. No loopholes.

    Gun safety should be taught in public school, along with the inferred rights and responsibilities involved.

    The reason? So that normal citizens like you and me can defend ourselves on the way to the Canadian border. Because when these idiot libs and cons start really shooting at each other... the Klondike might be our only hope.

  • by squiggleslash (241428) on Wednesday April 16, 2014 @10:19AM (#46768099) Homepage Journal

    I don't know, the idea of Martha Stewart wielding a gun... probably with a Thanksgiving themed decorative gun-cosy. It's terrifying.

Power corrupts. And atomic power corrupts atomically.