The New York Times took liberal calls for harsh gun restrictions to another level this week, saying it was time for the United States government to “repeal the Second Amendment” from the Constitution, effectively banning most citizens from obtaining any firearms.
The Times published the article, titled “Repeal the Second Amendment” on Thursday, saying “more guns mean more murder” and that it was time to re-examine what the nation’s founders meant by giving all citizens the right to “bear arms.”
“I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment,” writes the author. “From a national-security standpoint, the Amendment’s suggestion that a “well-regulated militia” is “necessary to the security of a free State,” is quaint. The Minutemen that will deter Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are based in missile silos in Minot, N.D., not farmhouses in Lexington, Mass.”
“Repealing the Amendment may seem like political Mission Impossible today, but in the era of same-sex marriage it’s worth recalling that most great causes begin as improbable ones,” states the article. “Gun ownership should never be outlawed, just as it isn’t outlawed in Britain or Australia. But it doesn’t need a blanket Constitutional protection, either.”
“Take the guns—or at least the presumptive right to them—away. The true foundation of American exceptionalism should be our capacity for moral and constitutional renewal, not our instinct for self-destruction,” he adds.