FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Retired Surpeme Court Justice John Paul Stevens is calling for lawmakers to repeal the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms.
Stevens wrote in an editorial posted on the New York Times website the repeal would weaken the National Rifle Association's ability to block gun control legislation.
Experts and politicians said it is very unlikely the Second Amendment will be repealed. It would take Congress and three quarters of the states to agree.
However, people in Fort Wayne said they feel something needs to be done.
"It's this sort of thing that's dividing our country," said Kathryn Hogg. "Ultimately it comes down to your own choice and what you choose to do and if you choose to bare arms."
Justice Stevens was on the loosing end of a 2008 Supreme Court ruling clarifying the Second Amendment applies to all people, not just some.
"This is really the frustration of justice Stevens a decade later that the decision was made," said Mike Wolf, a political science professor at IPFW.
Danelle Grabriele says Stevens' idea is going to far.
"You just don't give up your rights. You need arms to protect yourself from the government that goes tyrannical," she said.
"Whatever they are doing now is not working," said Jan Davies. "I don't know that it needs to be that drastic. I think there needs to be more control when they are selling the guns."
"(In 2008,) then Chief Justice Antonin Scalia said there were situations, like in schools or particular weapons that should be regulated," said Wolf.
Still, Hogg said stopping the violence starts one a personal level.
"I wish people would be responsible and care for each other and consider each other," said Hogg.
Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted there is no way the Second Amendment will be repealed.
IPFW Honors Center is hosting a bi-partisian forum on gun control Thursday.
It's happening at noon inside the Helmke Library on IPFW's campus.
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