On Thursday, Bret Stephens, a conservative columnist for New York Times wrote an op-ed about how the Second Amendment should be repealed. Before working for the New York Times, Stephens worked for Wall Street Journal but left because of their pro-Trump editorial policies.
He opened his op-ed saying, “I have never understood the conservative fetish for the Second Amendment.”
His call to repeal the 2nd Amendment comes after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history that left 58 people killed and injured 500 more.
He continued, “From a law-and-order standpoint, more guns means more murder.” This line rejects the belief of the Republican party and NRA that guns prevent crime. He then cited a 2013 study by the American Journal of Public Health showing states with more guns resulted in higher rates of death by gun homicides.
He went on to destroy the right’s pro-gun arguments one by one.
He wrote, “more guns means less safety,” as he cited evidence gathered by the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data revealed that the number of “justifiable homicides” is far less than “unintentional firearms deaths,” only 268 “justifiable homicides” compared to 489 “unintentional firearms deaths.” He also added, “Between 77 and 141 of those killed were children.”
He then called it “quaint” to think that “well-regulated militia” is “necessary to the security of a free State.”
He continued, “The Minutemen that will deter Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are based in missile silos in Minot, ND, not farmhouses in Lexington, MA.”
He went on to destroy the claim by conservatives that the solution to stop mass shooters is better mental health coverage. He noted that Stephen Paddock, the Las Vegas shooter, “would not have raised an eyebrow with a mental-health professional before he murdered 58 people in Las Vegas last week.”
He then talked about why he believes liberals keep losing the gun control debate. He says that the “nuanced reading” that liberals go about is all wrong.
“There is only one way to do this: Repeal the Second Amendment,” he said.
He then went on to say that the idea of repealing the Second Amendment may seem like “political Mission Impossible” but he compared it to the idea of same-sex marriage at one point.
Stephens noted, “It’s worth recalling that most great causes begin as improbable ones.”
He concluded, “The true foundation of American exceptionalism should be our capacity for moral and constitutional renewal, not our instinct for self-destruction.”
You can read the full op-ed here.
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