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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday that the Second Amendment "WILL NEVER BE REPEALED" and called on voters to elect more Republicans in this fall's congressional elections because the GOP "must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court."

Trump's statements came a day after retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in an essay in The New York Times that repealing the amendment would make it easier for Congress to enact gun control legislation.

Last month's shootings that killed 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, have galvanized young people, liberals and Democrats for a renewed push to curb firearms. That has included demonstrations that have drawn hundreds of thousands of marchers in cities across the country.

"THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED!" Trump tweeted early Wednesday. "As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY. We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!"

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Do you think the Second Amendment will ever be repealed?

There is no current, major push to repeal the Second Amendment. Any effort to do so would be unlikely to succeed in today's divisive political climate. Under the most common way to amend the Constitution, the House and Senate would both need to approve the proposal by two-thirds majorities. It would then need to be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

Political parties do not technically "hold" the Supreme Court like they control Congress.

Justices are nominated by presidents and must be confirmed by the Senate. It is true justices often reflect the political views of presidents who select them, but that is not always the case.

Of the current nine justices, the four considered to comprise the court's conservative wing were appointed by GOP presidents and the four more liberal judges were selected by Democratic presidents. The ninth, often considered the crucial swing vote, is Anthony Kennedy, who was nominated by Republican President Ronald Reagan.

Trump would have an easier time filling the next Supreme Court vacancy if Republicans can expand their current 51-49 Senate majority in November's elections.

The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment lets people own guns for self-defense.

Read Thursday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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Archived Comments

  • hah406
    March 28, 2018 at 10:11 a.m.

    Of course the second amendment isn't going to be repealed. Next. More disturbing is Trump's comment about "the GOP must always hold the Supreme Court." Again, his complete ignorance of the constitution, and the fact that the judicial branch is independent. No party "holds" it, although both parties have sought increasingly through the years to politicize it with moves like McConnell refusing to hold a nomination hearing for a year.

  • Packman
    March 28, 2018 at 10:28 a.m.

    First and foremost remember the gun grabbing movement has nothing to do with saving lives and protecting anyone. It's all about promoting a political narrative to get votes for Democrats.
    .
    Hey hah - You're right about the 2A. It only plays into pro 2A supporters hand when gun grabbers like that senile former SCOTUS judge mentions it as a possibility. But my all means we need the gun grabbers to keep talking about doing away with the 2A. It's called "jumping the shark".

  • RBear
    March 28, 2018 at 12:21 p.m.

    First and foremost remember the gun rights movement has nothing to do with saving lives and protecting anyone. It’s about promoting a political narrative to get votes for Republicans through FUD tactics on the Second Amendment
    ...
    Pack is one of those falling into that segment of issue illiterates. No one is repealing the 2A, but the idea of creating the fear of that is used as a motivator for votes. Pack even said it himself.0

  • TheAntiBrummett
    March 28, 2018 at 12:40 p.m.

    "The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 that the Second Amendment lets people own guns for self-defense."
    -This statement is wholly inaccurate. Heller affirmed that the right to bear arms is, in addition to a collective right, an individual right. The right to self-defense against a tyrannical government has never been in question.

  • RBear
    March 28, 2018 at 12:45 p.m.

    AB huh? Tell me where in Heller SCOTUS affirmed you have a right to own a gun against a “tyrannical government.” Yet another wacko right wing position.

  • GeneralMac
    March 28, 2018 at 12:50 p.m.

    Let Stevens continue talking and the NRA can fire all it's recruitment dept.

    Let liberal posters keep spewing their anti-2nd Amendment rhetoric also.

    Assures us gun owners of NO infringements on our 2nd Amendment rights.

  • GeneralMac
    March 28, 2018 at 12:55 p.m.

    RBear says..........." no one is repealing the 2A"......yet his hysterical posts praising Germany's strict gun control leads me to believe RBear favors repealing the 2A.

    Why else would he post " show need" in his hysterical solutions he proposed.
    Neither the 1st Amendment or 2nd Amendment requires one to " show need"

  • GeneralMac
    March 28, 2018 at 12:59 p.m.

    One more time.........

    sjmays.........."ban ALL guns"
    PopMom........" ban ALL semiautomatic guns"
    RBear..........." show need"
    haha406........." require registration of all guns "

    I know they made those statements when they were hysterical and foaming at the mouth, but those still are THEIR solutions

  • hah406
    March 28, 2018 at 1:23 p.m.

    Mac, yes as I told you, I favor gun registration so that gun owners can show that they are responsible and accountable for what happens with and to the weapons they own. You fear that for....well I don't know why except you and a few others think that is the start of confiscation, which I would never support. As I said, the second amendment isn't going anywhere.
    .
    Have you ever considered getting off the meth and the hooch so that you don't post 3 times in 9 minutes on the same topic?

  • GeneralMac
    March 28, 2018 at 1:32 p.m.

    I prefer posting several smaller posts vs some posters rambling on with a full page w/o paragraph spacings.

    Don't like my posts ?
    Don't read them 1

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