Former Supreme Court Justice Wants to Change the Second Amendment for Our “safety and wellbeing”

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In his new book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, former (thankfully) Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens outlines the six Constitutional Amendments that he would like to see changed.

According to the book’s description on his website, Stevens outlines “six specific ways in which the Constitution should be amended in order to protect our democracy and the safety and wellbeing of American citizens.”

Given his liberal background (a 2003 statistical analysis of Supreme Court voting patterns found Stevens to be the most liberal member of the Court) it’s probably no surprise that one of the things that Stevens would change to increase our “safety and wellbeing” is the Second Amendment.

As it stands, most of us cherish these words:

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.

Stevens, however, believes that it is implied that these arms should only be kept by members of the militia and would like to see the Second Amendment changed in a way that would seriously limit our constitutional right to keep our firearms.

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.

If this were to come to pass, I can foresee a whole lot of militias forming across the country.

An obviously biased piece of rhetoric was published on Bloomberg BusinessWeek (it’s important to note that this is the website owned by Bloomberg LP, which was founded by the infamous former Nanny Mayor Mike Bloomberg of New York City, a vocal opponent of gun rights). In the article, Stevens is lauded as “brilliant” and “an intellectual force to be reckoned with.”

Since Stevens believes that the authors of the Second Amendment were primarily concerned about the threat that a national standing army posed to the sovereignty of the states—as opposed to homeowners’ anxiety about violent felons—he thinks the best way to fix the situation is to amend the Second Amendment…

To support the change, he argues: “Emotional claims that the right to possess deadly weapons is so important that it is protected by the federal Constitution distort intelligent debate about the wisdom of particular aspects of proposed legislation designed to minimize the slaughter caused by the prevalence of guns in private hands.” (source)

The author of the article then continues to paint a picture of gun owners being members of some sort of fringe of society. “For a significant minority of Americans, firearms represent individualism, independence, and self-reliance.”

While personally, I would consider a tome that suggests changing our founding principals to be more of a horror story, The Hachette Book Group, which published the book, says:

Written with the same precision and elegance that made Stevens’s own Court opinions legendary for their clarity as well as logic, SIX AMENDMENTS is a remarkable work, both because of its unprecedented nature and, in an age of partisan ferocity, its inarguable common sense. (source)

Stevens was the longest serving member of the Supreme Court, serving from 1975-2010. He is 93.

Gun owners, libertarians, and conservatives across the country must have heaved a deep sigh of relief when Stevens stepped down from his seat on the Supreme Court. We can all be thankful that his book is only his own rhetoric, to be read by nodding pseudointellectual liberals and then discussed at hipster dinner parties, and that he no longer has the ability to personally reshape the laws of this land.

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  • Drdetroitdanchap

    And Adolph Hitler decided that “outlawing” Jews would benefit society, after HE OUTLAWED GUNS ………

    for THEIR “safety and wellbeing”

    • Andy Fife

      “Remember, everything Hitler did was legal”

      To quote MLK jr.

      • Tatiana Covington

        Laws are whatever their authors say they are.

  • Building Seven

    An opinion of the typical government functionary…

  • Phil Dirt

    “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.”

    Are not the PEOPLE of the Second Amendment the very same people of the First and Fourth Amendments? Or, does Justice Stevens think that The PEOPLE, as referred to in the rest of the Bill of Rights, are some other PEOPLE, distinctly different from the PEOPLE of the Second Amendment. To take that logic a step further, maybe leftists like Justice Stevens think that only the militia should have the right of freedom of speech and the right of freedom from illegal search and seizure. To me it is clear. The PEOPLE of the entire Bill of Rights are you and me……… the entire citizenry of the USA.

  • freewheelinfranklin543

    This guy is just another traitor! IMHO! We haven’t had a legitimate federal government since the current gang murdered JFK!

    • Andy Fife

      Not since Lincoln and the Act of 1871, sellout lawyer.

      • freewheelinfranklin543

        Yup! You are right!

        • Andy Fife

          Thanks big fella

          • freewheelinfranklin543

            Really like your avatar! Me I’m a squirrel and I hang out in a big tree with a lotta nutzs!

  • Chris Foltz

    that bow tie make him smarter than the rest of the American Citizens… like to choke him with that bow tie!!!

  • Chris Foltz

    old bastard needs to take a dirt nap…

  • Cracker122049

    I would like to see this traitor hung by the neck!

  • Rick E.

    I wish a prolonged, and painful death to this 93 year old bastard!

    • Mamzer_FEMA_REGION_IV

      Why, he has all eternity to answer for the genocide of millions

  • Andy Fife

    These asswipes were installed by a CEO of a foreign,private corporation that has zero to do with the united States, their rulings are puke and vomit. The CEO is puke and vomit.
    No BAR flies are allowed to even hold office as per the original 13th amendment, which was never repealed. New Hampshire just passed a Bill recognizing it too.

  • SRVES339

    Kudos for for not falling for the unfortunate fact… that Justice Stevens has it exactly right.

    I mean, who would want to put a dent in the cost of >30,000 deaths a year to pad the gun industry bottom line… and enable a few million pathetic weenies to talk a tough game on line?

    • Mamzer_FEMA_REGION_IV

      Blaming guns for deaths is like blaming spoons for Oprah’s fat arse. You do not deserve a Gibson

  • Carl Stevenson

    Phuck Stevens and the horse he rode in on.
    He’s a traitor. He swore to uphold the Constitution, not gut it.

  • Carl Stevenson

    Don’t judge all Jews by the Judenraten and JINOs. They are quislings and/or tyrant wannabes. (Or simply professional victims who lack the courage to stand up against evil.)
    Obama’s patron George Soros was born a Jew. His parents gave him to a non-Jew to protect him from the Holocaust, just before they were hauled off to the camps.
    George was about 12 at the time, as I recall.
    George willingly went around showing the Nazis where the Jews lived so their property could be stolen and they could be shipped off to the camps.
    There are evil people, and people of weak character and little courage, in all heritages, ethnicities, and religions.
    For example, Feinstein, Schumer, Bloomberg, and the others are evil, not because of their names or because they pretend to be a Jews, but because of their behavior, and there are are plenty of Jews who have no use for such Judenraten JINOS and their colleagues in crime. (And have the courage and integrity to call them what they are … see

    • Rick E.

      Believe me Carl, when I say that I agree with you! However, MOST gun control advocates ARE Jews.(this IS a factual statement).
      One would think that they would have learned a valuable lesson, after Jews were disarmed and then exterminated in Germany, Poland, etc.


    I would like to see how traitors are dealt with too, starting with him

  • john burton

    how about this amendment: the supreme court justices’ terms are limited to four years. the supreme court is limited to hearing cases regarding disputes between states and foreign countries. there will be no judicial review of lower court cases.

  • JoeBatters

    The fact that federal judges are appointed based on some political connection and the desire to further the cause of some political sponsor, does not make them either supremely right or supremely intelligent. In the end, they’re just another fool with an opinion.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Why do you even need constitutions and amendments and all that crap? Keep and bear arms because you feel like it.

  • Dotsy Maher

    He’s 93…..with his attitude he was probably a draft dodger during WW2….while real men saved the world

  • MosinppK

    If you are a citizen of the united states, you ARE serving in the milita

  • jay l

    This wont happen and hes not currently serving.

  • tayronachan

    I can read, I don’t need a judge to interpret the Constitution for me.

  • Harvey817

    How in the heck can such people ever be appointed to the SC when they do not even like our Constitution. I sure will be happy when GOD ends your time here on earth.

    It is idiots like you that are destroying our once great country.

  • Molon Labe

    You are so full of $hit. I suppose you’re also going to say that the holocaust didn’t happen during WW2. Find another place to spout your hate. Better yet, FOD!

  • ed

    One Shot, One Kill old man.

  • Thomas Rice