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BRET STEPHENS: Repeal Second Amendment

By Bret Stephens

This article was published February 23, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

Had the recent massacre of 17 people at a Florida high school been different in one respect--that is, had alleged perpetrator Nikolas Cruz shouted "Allahu akbar" during the course of his rampage--conservatives would be demanding another round of get-tough measures.

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RBear says... February 23, 2018 at 6:51 a.m.

Good case made, but I'm not there in repeal of the Second. However, this one will draw the trolls like moths to a flame.

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Nljwbailey06081103 says... February 23, 2018 at 8:22 a.m.

Very interesting article. He makes some excellent points for repealing the Second Amendment. Does it have to be repealed or can it be rewritten? (I apologize if this is a dumb question, but obviously government was not a strong suit of mine in school)

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BoudinMan says... February 23, 2018 at 8:26 a.m.

Folks, this is a conservative voice at The New York Times. I'm with you. RB. Before we start tinkering too much with the Bill of Rights, we need to take a hard look at alternatives. Much of the problem is there are too many people who believe that the rights in the 2nd amendment are absolute. If we can abridge the right of free speech, why is this sacrosanct?

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hah406 says... February 23, 2018 at 8:38 a.m.

I am with you on that Boudin. No right is absolute, except for the right to life. The U.S. doesn't have a higher percentage of the population with mental illness than any other developed country. We are, however, the only country that arms the mentally ill. The NRA advocates FOR allowing the mentally ill to possess guns. They are not interested in making schools or any other part of society safer. They are only interested in selling more guns, and Trump did their bidding when he rolled back the Obama regulation on mental health reporting.

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wildblueyonder says... February 23, 2018 at 9:03 a.m.

Another worthless piece of "journalism" by the so-called "conservative" Bret Stephens.

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BoudinMan says... February 23, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.

hah, yes, the NRA is all about the gun manufacturers selling more guns. They have hoodwinked the public into believing they are about "freedoms." I can remember when they were truly an organization that was dedicated to advance issues that benefited hunters. They have left that ideology far behind. They are simply an organization that promotes the sales of guns to benefit the gun manufacturers.

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3WorldState1 says... February 23, 2018 at 10:06 a.m.

The NRA president made 5 Million dollars last year. And rubes argue that the guy running an airport shouldn't make 150k.
Take money out of politics and the NRA goes back to what it once was. Teaching hunter safety, keeping forests clean. They went off the rails like the GOP.

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GeneralMac says... February 23, 2018 at 10:10 a.m.

As I have stated from the day after the shooting, hysteria prevails .

EXHIBIT A.......Repeal 2nd Amendment

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TravisBickle says... February 23, 2018 at 10:25 a.m.

@3ws1, not $150K, try almost double that at $279K in total compensation. That's the highest in city government. BTW, I live in the city.

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TimberTopper says... February 23, 2018 at 10:32 a.m.

mac, looks as if you read all the way through the title, no further. Still using that rank to make you feel like you are important I see!

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