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Justice Stevens Keeps It Real

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by baldilocks

Today, every­one is talk­ing about the op-​ed penned by retired Supreme Court Jus­tice John Paul Stevens.

Rarely in my life­time have I seen the type of civic engage­ment school­child­ren and their sup­port­ers demon­strated in Wash­ing­ton and other major cities through­out the coun­try this past Sat­ur­day. These demon­stra­tions demand our respect. They reveal the broad pub­lic sup­port for leg­is­la­tion to min­i­mize the risk of mass killings of school­child­ren and oth­ers in our society.

That sup­port is a clear sign to law­mak­ers to enact leg­is­la­tion pro­hibit­ing civil­ian own­er­ship of semi­au­to­matic weapons, increas­ing the min­i­mum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and estab­lish­ing more com­pre­hen­sive back­ground checks on all pur­chasers of firearms. But the demon­stra­tors should seek more effec­tive and more last­ing reform. They should demand a repeal of the Sec­ond Amendment.

Empha­sis mine.

Nice of Mr. Jus­tice Stevens to dis­pense with the mealy-​mouthed lie that many gun con­trol advo­cates use: that “we don’t want to take your guns away.” His blunt­ness — a char­ac­ter­is­tic often found in senior cit­i­zens who have retired – is very refreshing.

The jus­tice doesn’t offer much argu­ment here; just a blurb on 2A his­tory, sum­mary infor­ma­tion on related court rul­ings and a short men­tion of his dis­sent in DC v. Heller.

And, of course, no gun con­trol op-​ed is com­plete with­out a rit­ual denun­ci­a­tion of the NRA.

[Heller] — which I remain con­vinced was wrong and cer­tainly was debat­able — has pro­vided the N.R.A. with a pro­pa­ganda weapon of immense power. Over­turn­ing that deci­sion via a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment to get rid of the Sec­ond Amend­ment would be sim­ple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s abil­ity to stymie leg­isla­tive debate and block con­struc­tive gun con­trol leg­is­la­tion than any other avail­able option.

Some­thing I’ve been think­ing about recently. What if the NRA just upped and decided to dis­band? They’d give all the money back to the donors and mem­bers and then :::poof::: They’re gone. Do these peo­ple think that gun own­ers would just give up? Stop buy­ing, sell­ing and mak­ing firearms and ammo? Hand over all the hand­guns to their local LEO? Beat all their AR-​15s into plow­shares? I guess this is what the slim­ing of NRA is sup­posed to accom­plish. Short-​term think­ing at its finest.

And it’s so cute that Jus­tice Stevens makes no men­tion of the other prob­a­ble out­come of a repeal of the Sec­ond Amend­ment: a nation-​wide blood­bath. And I’m not even talk­ing about those who would take up arms against the gov­ern­ment and its var­i­ous lev­els of agents.

The crim­i­nals among us – from which per­sons like a retired jus­tice of the Supreme Court would be well-​protected – would have an open field.

And that’s what the Orga­nized Left is hop­ing for. A 2A repeal would be a sig­nal for the Niko­las Cruzes, the Omar Mateens, the Dylann Roofs, the drug car­tel king­pins from Mex­ico — and Hezbol­lah — and count­less lesser-​known felons that Amer­ica is ripe for plun­der. Go forth to steal, kill, rape, and destroy.

Jus­tice Stevens is speak­ing for the The Orga­nized Left; fol­low­ing orders, I sup­pose. And the OL is still look­ing to exe­cute – if you’ll par­don the pun – the Fun­da­men­tal Transformation.

They want full con­trol of the cit­i­zenry and your guns are stand­ing in the way. Never for­get that.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng has been blog­ging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here. She pub­lished her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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by baldilocks

Today, everyone is talking about the op-ed penned by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Rarely in my lifetime have I seen the type of civic engagement schoolchildren and their supporters demonstrated in Washington and other major cities throughout the country this past Saturday. These demonstrations demand our respect. They reveal the broad public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass killings of schoolchildren and others in our society.

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.

Emphasis mine.

Nice of Mr. Justice Stevens to dispense with the mealy-mouthed lie that many gun control advocates use: that “we don’t want to take your guns away.” His bluntness — a characteristic often found in senior citizens who have retired – is very refreshing.

The justice doesn’t offer much argument here; just a blurb on 2A history, summary information on related court rulings and a short mention of his dissent in DC v. Heller.

And, of course, no gun control op-ed is complete without a ritual denunciation of the NRA.

[Heller] — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.

Something I’ve been thinking about recently. What if the NRA just upped and decided to disband? They’d give all the money back to the donors and members and then :::poof::: They’re gone. Do these people think that gun owners would just give up? Stop buying, selling and making firearms and ammo? Hand over all the handguns to their local LEO? Beat all their AR-15s into plowshares? I guess this is what the sliming of NRA is supposed to accomplish. Short-term thinking at its finest.

And it’s so cute that Justice Stevens makes no mention of the other probable outcome of a repeal of the Second Amendment: a nation-wide bloodbath. And I’m not even talking about those who would take up arms against the government and its various levels of agents.

The criminals among us – from which persons like a retired justice of the Supreme Court would be well-protected – would have an open field.

And that’s what the Organized Left is hoping for. A 2A repeal would be a signal for the Nikolas Cruzes, the Omar Mateens, the Dylann Roofs, the drug cartel kingpins from Mexico — and Hezbollah — and countless lesser-known felons that America is ripe for plunder. Go forth to steal, kill, rape, and destroy.

Justice Stevens is speaking for the The Organized Left; following orders, I suppose. And the OL is still looking to execute – if you’ll pardon the pun – the Fundamental Transformation.

They want full control of the citizenry and your guns are standing in the way. Never forget that.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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