The Second Amendment Is An Obsolete Disgrace. It’s Time To #Repeal2A NOW

It’s Time To Take The USA Back From GunNuts

Photos: Facebook/Mary Penrose, YouTube screenshot

CALL TO ARMS: Texas A&M law prof says it’s time to repeal Second Amendment

A full-time professor on the faculty of the newly-minted Texas A&M University School of Law called for the repeal and replacement of the Second Amendment on Friday.

The professor, Mary Margaret “Meg” Penrose, made her controversial declaration during a day-long panel symposium on gun control and the Second Amendment at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford.

UConn’s main student-run journal, The Connecticut Law Review, organized the event, according to Connecticut Public Radio. It was well-attended, primarily by law students, law professors and local attorneys.

Penrose was among the speakers, reports CTNewsJunkie, a Connecticut news site.

Penrose cited the Sandy Hook massacre, which occurred in Connecticut, as well as other mass shootings including the 2011 Tucson shooting that left six people dead and U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically wounded.

Noting her own outrage that Americans continue to tolerate gun violence, Penrose asked audience members to raise their hands if they thought laws intended to prevent gun violence have been successful. No one raised a hand.

“I think I’m in agreement with you and, unfortunately, drastic times require drastic measures,” the professor said, according to CTNewsJunkie. “I think the Second Amendment is misunderstood and I think it’s time today, in our drastic measures, to repeal and replace that Second Amendment.”

Penrose then proposed a solution that would allow each state to determine its own gun policies.

“The beauty of a ‘states’ rights model’ solution is it allows those of you who want to live in a state with strong restrictions to do so and those who want to live in a state with very loose restrictions to do so,” the professor explained.

Penrose also noted that she tells students in her constitutional law courses that the entire United States Constitution is an obsolete document.

“Why do we keep such an allegiance to a constitution that was driven by 18th Century concerns?” she asked, according to CTNewsJunkie. “How many of you recognize that the main concern of the 18th Century was a standing army? That’s what motivated the Second Amendment: fear of a standing army.”

She described herself as “somewhat agnostic about guns” but “extremely passionate about” the Constitution she calls outdated.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also spoke at the event, stressing his belief that the Second Amendment offers a limited right and bragging about the strict gun control laws he signed earlier this year.

“In the 1930s, machine guns were the weapon of choice for mobsters,” Malloy said, according to Connecticut Public Radio. “And we collectively decided that machine guns should be illegal for private possession in the United States. We don’t see machine guns being used in the U.S. in crimes. We did for some time after the ban was initially implemented but there’s a reality about what happens to those kinds of weapons once they become illegal.”

At least one symposium speaker wasn’t hell-bent on destroying the Second Amendment.

Josh Blackman, a professor at South Texas College of Law, observed that gun control laws have a sordid racially-motivated history.

“The first gun control laws were actually meant to subjugate slaves,” Blackman explained, according to CTNewsJunkie. “There has been a very close connection between gun control and racism.”

Penrose’s employer, Texas A&M University School of Law, is located in downtown Fort Worth.



19 thoughts on “The Second Amendment Is An Obsolete Disgrace. It’s Time To #Repeal2A NOW

  1. I bet the Penrose statement started a firestorm. The Second Amendment should be repealed but I doubt that will ever happen. Even if it is repealed it would take decades to even come close to getting all the guns from their hiding places. Thank you for this article; as usual, it is based on facts.

  2. Reblogged this on Americans for Political Change and commented:
    You are so right. The 2nd amendment has been hijacked by the gun lobby. And even we can’t get a repeal we could someone in government willing to challenge ‘Stand Your Ground’ in the Supreme Court. The second amendment refers to a “well regulated militia” not individuals owning guns so that they can should innocent people on the streets.

  3. I was pleased to see this blog! I do not live in America but New Zealand. A couple of months ago I had “discussions” with a few on a Facebook page, a picture of a small boy being shown how to safely use a gun just riled me. My comments were taken exception to by those who thought I had no right to have an opinion about their “right to gun ownership” Over here there are very stringent gun laws, there is also felt to be little necessity to own one unless a hunter….I imagine a far less fearful way to live. Good on you.

    1. Thanks so much – The USA is a wonderful country – but some people worship guns over people and they rationalize every possibility of owning a gun over any decent safety measures to protect the ordinary citizen. Hunting is an activity that is not homologous to owning excessive numbers large caliber firearms in highly dense urban areas.

      1. No, it’s not. Peace will never come to society that thinks weaponry is a solution for disagreement or desire for power over others. To own a gun (by some) comes with a willingness to kill when and if they so desire….that’s a conscious decision to end a life of often a total stranger. Civilized man!!

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