Anti-gun activists are getting downright delusional with their efforts to disarm Americans. Thwarted by the Supreme Court, a growing number of them are now demanding that we the people amend the Constitution and repeal the right to keep and bear arms entirely.
Over the weekend, Bowling for Columbine director Michael Moore offered up his nutty take on repealing and replacing the Second Amendment with a new 28th Amendment to the Constitution chock that would declare the right to keep and bear arms is no more. If Moore were the only one making this suggestion we probably wouldn’t have made it the topic of today’s Bearing Arms’ Cam & Co, but sadly he’s not alone. On Monday, USA Today ran a piece from Carli Pierson, an attorney in New York and a member of the paper’s editorial board that also demanded the repeal of the right to keep and bear arms.
We must repeal the Second Amendment if we want this country to ever be safe again.
Whether it’s killings by police, like the 60 bullets fired into Jayland Walker, or by civilians like in Highland Park, Illinois, Uvalde, Texas, or Buffalo, New York our national record on gun violence is an international embarrassment. It can’t be reformed without doing away with guns entirely.
Two quick points here. First, when does Pierson think this country was safe? If we’re going to be safe “again” then we must have been safe at some point in the past, right? When was that, and why didn’t the Second Amendment get in the way of our safety back then? I mean, it’s not like gun ownership is some new quirk of American life. It’s been a feature since before the United States came into existence.
Secondly, Pierson is apparently operating under the idea that if guns are banned the 400-million or so guns that are currently in the hands of 100-million Americans are just going to disappear. There is no way to do away with guns, even if you make them illegal. You’d think Pierson would at least be able to recognize that fact since she uses Prohibition and its repeal as an argument for scrapping the Second Amendment.
Much like we did away with the 18th (prohibition) when it no longer served us, it’s time to do away with the archaic constitutional amendment holding Americans hostage in their own country.It’s time to say, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, the Second Amendment’s gotta go.”
By the mid-1920s, shit was hitting the fan, and hospital ERs were routinely stuffed by those who were suffering from poisoning via denatured alcohol. New York City and its more than 30,000 speakeasies served as ground zero to the soaring number of poisonings, as “1,200 were sickened by poisonous alcohol; 400 died” in 1926, and 700 died the following year. A flashpoint was finally reached over the Christmas holiday in 1926, when more than 60 people were poisoned and 23 died over the course of two days. Wayne Wheeler, the political influence-wielding leader of the Anti-Saloon League, which had successfully galvanized support for Prohibition at the end of the 1910s, responded to the deaths with a particularly callous disavowal of empathy, saying the following per Okrent:
“The government is under no obligation to furnish the people with alcohol that is drinkable, when the Constitution prohibits it,” Wheeler said to the press. “The person who drinks this alcohol is a deliberate suicide.”
I am not the only lawyer to point to the obvious solution. After 14 students and three staff were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland in 2018, none other than the late Justice John Paul Stevens called for repealing the Second Amendment in an opinion column in The New York Times.It took five decades of campaigning for conservatives to get the constitutional right to abortion overturned in the Supreme Court. Repealing the Second Amendment may look like a long shot today, but if progressives and moderates show up in full force to vote the right people into office over the next couple of decades, nothing is impossible.