This Op-Ed was a controversial topic this morning on Twitter (before more Russia info broke at least). The title of it is terrible, but there is two sentences buried deep that get to the core of it:
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,
This was written by Bret Stephens - the conservative columnist for the NY Times (also, borderline climate denier - but that’s for another day). While, I disagree with several of his points of why Democrats have “failed” at passing better gun control – I still think it’s a must read to have a different perspective.
I believe that majority of Democrats would actually back repealing the second amendment if it were a true option. But, over the years because it is defined as a “right”, it’s a fine line to manager. It’s important to see it as: repealing 2A ≠ banning guns completely.
Plus, there is also the “Constitutional Conundrum of the Second Amendment commas” - yes, the comma placement could completely change 2A as we know it today (short twitter thread about it here).