Every mass shooting elicits calls from the left to regulate firearms in an attempt to keep guns out of the “wrong hands.” Rolling Stone published a piece by a “Constitutional law professor” who wants America to take the plunge and just be done with the 2nd Amendment altogether by repealing it.
In his op-ed entitled “Why It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment,” David S. Cohen – a Drexel University Constitutional law professor who begins his article by saying that he “teaches the Constitution for a living” – argues in favor of scrapping the “outdated” amendment:
We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed.
In the face of yet another mass shooting, now is the time to acknowledge a profound but obvious truth – the Second Amendment is wrong for this country and needs to be jettisoned. We can do that through a Constitutional amendment. It’s been done before (when the Twenty-First Amendment repealed prohibition in the Eighteenth), and it must be done now.
The Second Amendment needs to be repealed because it is outdated, a threat to liberty and a suicide pact. When the Second Amendment was adopted in 1791, there were no weapons remotely like the AR-15 assault rifle and many of the advances of modern weaponry were long from being invented or popularized.
The liberty of some to own guns cannot take precedence over the liberty of everyone to live their lives free from the risk of being easily murdered. It has for too long, and we must now say no more.
He explains that the 2nd Amendment is a “suicide pact,” because the gun rights advocates’ adage – about how the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun – would lead to higher death tolls. If people had been armed in that Orlando nightclub, Cohen argues, there would be such chaos – no lights, and everyone would be dancing and drinking – that those who were armed would just start shooting and killing other innocent people. He explained:
How would it not have devolved into mass confusion and fear followed by a large-scale shootout without anyone knowing who was the good guy with a gun, who was the bad guy with a gun, and who was just caught in the middle? The death toll could have been much higher if more people were armed.
According to the Constitutional law professor, if more people were armed, blood baths would be a “common occurrence, all because the Second Amendment allows them to be.”