John Paul Stevens retired in 2010 after serving as an associate justice of the Supreme Court for 35 years. Now he wants to make a few changes to the Second Amendment. In his new book, “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution,” Stevens proposes different wording for the Second Amendment that would drastically change its meaning.
The Second Amendment currently says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”
Stevens wants to change the wording to, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed.” He argues the change is necessary to reflect “changing times” and that the founding fathers did not write the Second Amendment to protect the right to personal self defense.
He wrote, “Emotional claims that the right to possess deadly weapons is so important that it is protected by the federal Constitution distort intelligent debate about the wisdom of particular aspects of proposed legislation designed to minimize the slaughter caused by the prevalence of guns in private hands.”