John Paul Stevens served on the Supreme Court from 1975 to 2010, the second longest tenure of all Supreme Court justices. Fortunately for freedom-loving Americans, he can’t do any more damage. Of course, this hasn’t stopped the present crop of justices from significantly remaking America into their own misguided image.
His latest book, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution, is an inside look into the mind of a Supreme Court Justice, and it’s not a pretty sight. Stevens has been described as a “Midwest Republican conservative” that became a “hero of the political left.”
In his book, Stevens proposes that the Second Amendment be changed from this . . .
“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.”
. . . to this:
“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.”
Stevens shows by his call for the addition of “when serving in the militia” that the original meaning referred to private citizens (people) and not only people serving in the military.
There’s another point to be made. How is “when serving in the militia” a fundamental right? Who controls the militia, as Stevens and other liberals understand the word? The State. The purpose of the Second Amendment is “the security of a free State.” If the State controls access to weapons, then only the military, which is controlled by the State, is armed. This makes no sense.
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