2017-10-10 18:00:24 UTC
Repealing the Second Amendment Won’t Make Gun Bans Any Easier: New at Reason
Reason Staff|Oct. 10, 2017 10:05 am
Frances M. Roberts/FRANCES M. ROBERTS/Newscom
If you strip away legal protections for rights valued by millions of
Americans, you're just going to make them angry.
It's always been true, as gun restrictionists have repeatedly promised, that
"nobody's going to take your guns away." But few gun owners have ever
believed that was from lack of intent; it was always from the absence of any
practical way of implementing such a taking. That's become increasingly
clear in the wake of the truly horrific Mandalay Bay massacre as open calls
for repealing the Second Amendment's protection for self-defense, and even
for banning privately owned guns, get louder.
And still, the increasingly open prohibitionists haven't come up with a
proposal to make their plans stick.
Perhaps most prominent is Bret Stephens, a conservative columnist at the New
York Times. He pointed to Stephen Paddock's rampage in Las Vegas, as well as
some alleged correlations between firearms ownership and homicide
(contradicted by other research), dismissed most gun control efforts as
"feckless," and called on America to "Repeal the Second Amendment" or else
"Expansive interpretations of the right to bear arms will be the law of the
land—until the 'right' itself ceases to be."