Gut the Second Amendment and turn the individual’s natural right to self defense into a crime
Retired associate Supreme Court justice John Paul Stevens has an op-ed in The Washington Post today calling for the Second Amendment to be edited thus:
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.
According to Stevens, the “national tragedy” of the shootings at Newtown and the Navy Yard in Washington make it necessary to gut the Second Amendment and turn the individual’s natural right to self defense into a crime.
Stevens insists Second Amendment advocates are emotional and 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. Those emotional arguments would be nullified by the adoption of my proposed amendment.”
Also nullified would be the right to own firearms. If adopted, which is admittedly unlikely, government would quickly enact a raft of laws spelling out confiscation. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s edict that Mr. and Mrs. America “turn ‘em all in” or face prosecution would become a reality and, in a worse case scenario, those refusing to obey the government would be hunted down and executed.
Liberals like Mr. Stevens want a throughly disarmed public. It is the liberal’s emotional and irrational response to the destructive behavior of a few psychotic individuals that threatens the natural right of self-defense.
If Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union had not outlawed private ownership of firearms, the imposition of authoritarianism in those countries would have been virtually impossible, as would have been the genocide of tens of millions of Armenians, Jews, Gypsies, Maya Indians, Christians, and all sorts of government designated political enemies and rivals.
Stevens and the Second Amendment haters would enable government to do what it invariably does when given absolute and unchallenged power – violently eliminate all political enemies.
As the sociologist Max Weber pointed out nearly a hundred years ago – before the unprecedented mass murders by government that would be the shameful hallmark of the 20th century – the state invariably claims a monopoly on the use of physical force and violence. It will unhesitatingly use that monopoly against all threats, no matter how trivial or ineffectual, to its absolute control.