Rolling Stone is promoting a “constitutional expert” who’s advocating the repeal of the Second Amendment.
The magazine, which was discredited after publishing fake rape allegations in 2015, published an op/ed by a “constitutional law teacher” who claims the Second Amendment is a “a threat to liberty.”
“…Sometimes we just have to acknowledge that the Founders and the Constitution are wrong,” David Cohen claimed. “This is one of those times.”
“We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed.”
Cohen said he teaches “the Constitution for a living,” but his understanding of the document is questionable given many of the odd statements he made in the Rolling Stone piece.
“I revere the document when it is used to further social justice and make our country a more inclusive one,” professor David Cohen declared. “I admire the Founders for establishing a representative democracy that has survived for over two centuries.”
But a constitutional law professor should know more than anybody that the United States was founded as a republic, not a democracy; in fact, the Founding Fathers routinely described democracies as inferior, unstable governments, with John Adams in particular stating they led to more violence than monarchies.
“Remember, democracy never lasts long,” John Adams wrote in 1814. “It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself.”
“There was never a democracy that did not commit suicide.”
Throughout his entire op/ed, Cohen argues that the Constitution is a flawed “living document” which can be amended at will – but many of his arguments are made out of ignorance.
“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,” he declared.
Actually, one of the first machine guns was the “Puckle gun” invented in 1718 which was designed to fire square bullets thought to be more lethal against Muslim Turks.
At a public demonstration in 1722, the Puckle gun fired nine rounds per minute, which was impressive yet still not as fast as the Kalthoff repeater invented in the 16th century.
And it’s unlikely that the millions of soldiers who died during the Revolutionary War could tell the difference between getting killed by a musketball and a .223.
Furthermore, AR-15s are rarely used in crimes according to the FBI.
In fact, nearly five times as many murders are committed with knives than so-called “assault rifles,” with FBI crime statistics showing that out of nearly 12,000 murders performed within the U.S. in 2014, 1,567 were committed with knives and only 248 murders were known to have been committed using rifles of any type, not just AR-15s.
In short, less than 248 murders out of 12,000 (under 2%) were committed using AR-15s, and although the FBI did list 2,052 murders under “unknown firearm type,” given known statistics it is unlikely that more than 4% of the “unknown firearms” were in fact rifles, and less than that were AR-15s.
Cohen also said the Founding Fathers “enshrined slavery into the Constitution in multiple ways,” and that those flaws mean the Second Amendment is also flawed, but it’s his logic that’s flawed: the Second Amendment is perhaps the strongest anti-slavery clause of the Bill of Rights.
“No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms,” Thomas Jefferson wrote in the first draft of the Virginia Constitution.
Without the Second Amendment, the people are reduced to a permanent slave class who are powerless to resist the monopoly of force held by an out-of-control government.
Remember, many of the first gun control laws that survive today were enacted in the Reconstruction Era to restrict the Second Amendment rights of recently released, African-American slaves.
“The historical record provides compelling evidence that racism underlies gun control laws — and not in any subtle way,” historian Clayton E. Cramer wrote. “Throughout much of American history, gun control was openly stated as a method for keeping blacks and Hispanics ‘in their place,’ and to quiet the racial fears of whites.”
“…The perception that free blacks were sympathetic to the plight of their enslaved brothers, and the dangerous example that ‘a Negro could be free’ also caused the slave states to pass laws designed to disarm all blacks, both slave and free.”