25. MARCH: President Donald Trump has spoken in support of the Second Amendment.
President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to defend the Second Amendment, just a day after the retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens called for their repeal.
Stevens, 97, wrote in an essay in the New York Times website that a repeal would block to a weakening of the National Rifle Association, the ability to constructive gun control legislation.”
Trump, who appeared in the past, to change positions on tougher gun laws, took a firm Stand in the tweet, and issued a warning that when Republicans come to the polls.
“THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED!” he tweeted. “As much as Democrats would like to see this, and despite the words, the yesterday, the former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY. We need more Republicans in 2018, and must ALWAYS be kept so that the Supreme court!”
Repeal of the amendment would be extremely difficult.
An amendment to the Constitution is proposed can be called only by the Congress with a two-thirds majority in both houses or by a constitutional Assembly by two-thirds of the country days. The change in the approval by three-quarters of the States then.
THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED! As much as Democrats would like to see this, and despite the words, the yesterday, the former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY. We need more Republicans in 2018, and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
Stevens was on the losing side at the end of 2008, a judgment in which the high court ruled that the Second Amendment is to have the individuals the right to have a gun for self-defense. Previously, he had called for the amendment to the Second Amendment to allow gun control.
Stevens said the decision in this case is District of Columbia v. Heller, “the N. R. A. propaganda-a weapon of immense power.” Stevens retired from the court in 2010, after more than 35 years.
In his essay, Tuesday, Stevens published a speech about the “March for Our lives” event on Saturday that drew crowds in cities across the country. Stevens said the demonstrations “show the wide public support for legislation to minimize the risk of mass murders of school children and others in our society.”
He said that the support ” is a clear sign to the legislature, enact legislation to ban the civilian possession of semi-automatic weapons, the raising of the minimum age for buying a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and for the establishment of comprehensive background checks for all buyers of firearms.”
However, Stevens urged the protesters to “find effective and sustainable reforms.”
“You demand a repeal of the Second Amendment,” he wrote.
Other protesters on Saturday in Phoenix and Salt Lake City, called gun ownership protected by the Second Amendment.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.