Two days ago retired Supreme Court Justice and insane old man John Paul Stevens wrote an OpEd for the New York Times on why it is time to repeal the Second Amendment.
For anybody who was been watching the anti-gun Left, this is not an extreme position for them. Rolling Stone published Why It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment in 2016. New York Times communist Bred Stephens wrote in 2017 Repeal the Second Amendment, then doubled down with To Repeat: Repeal the Second Amendemnt. Vanity Fair published an article by Tentacle Porn enthusiast Kurt Eichenwald, Lets Repeal the Second Amendment. Even going so far as to tag line the article as the “Bill of Wrongs.” There is book published by a Leftist activist and attorney, Lee Goodman, called Too Many Rights and Too Many Guns: Repealing the Second Amendment to make America safer and more free. Only to an insane person could people be “more free” by restricting their “too many rights.”
Even National Public Radio – as in taxpayer funded – advocated for that in the article What Would It Take To Repeal The 2nd Amendment? The title was not a rhetorical question.
There are celebrities running with this idea.
I’ll say it – assault weapons aren’t the problem. Handguns are the problem. By all means, ban AR-15s and the like, but handguns kill far more people. The solution is to repeal and replace the Second Amendment. Make gun ownership a privilege, not a right.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) March 25, 2018
Then there were all the protest signs.
None of that really mattered until the “Repeal the Second Amendment” talk started coming from someone who was actually in a position to do just that. A former Supreme Court Justice (and by “in a position to do that,” I mean decided that it was meaningless in a SCOTUS decision).
All of a sudden shit just got real.
All of this “Repeal the Second Amendment” language drove up NRA recruitment and donations.
A few people decide that this must be Russia’s fault.
Lots of terrorists in America… and I am sure many came in from Russia, too
— JermePhilip (@JermePhilip) March 29, 2018
International donations from Russia
— WTFGOP? #NeverAgain (@DogginTrump) March 29, 2018
Polling also showed that one-fifth of Americans want to repeal the Second Amendment. That means that four-fifths – 80% – of Americans don’t want it repealed.
The far Left had WAAAAAAY overplayed their hand. They spilled the beans on their true aims and the found out American by-and-large weren’t buying it.
Now they are trying to talk it back. Vox had to publish Let’s not repeal the 2nd Amendment. The Washing Post published Repealing the Second Amendment is a dangerous idea. CNN published Why the Stevens gun manifesto is beyond irresponsible.
The collective thesis of these articles is “we can get all the gun control we want without a 2A repeal, let’s not go off the deep end.”
CNN got closest to hitting the nail on the head with this:
What makes the Stevens manifesto especially irresponsible is that it would rupture the social fabric in this country — leading to turmoil, lawlessness and violence. Considering the fervor of many gun-rights advocates, it’s quite possible that not even reversal of Roe v. Wade would incite such rage.
The more honest translation of that statement is:
Oh fuck. If we did more than write self important masturbatory fantasies about repealing the 2A and actually tired to change the Constitution, the of the the country that owns 400 million guns will kill us all.
And CNN was right.
They were all high and mighty when they thought that popular opinion was on their side. They could use the crying Parkland Hitler Youth to push America around by their emotions and with accusations of hating kids.
They didn’t realized that all they heard was the echo from inside their own echo chamber and that a bunch of middle age, upper income, Liberal slactivists (almost limousine liberals but not quite rich enough) didn’t represent most of America.
They found out what they were poking was really a bear, so they are walking it back.
Having Democrats run on a “Repeal the 2A” platform will guarantee a loss for them.
If a few in some really blue areas did win and floated a 2A repeal, the shooting would start.
Don’t let this fool you. They still believe everything they said before. They just realized they got dangerously close to an ass kicking for it.