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Jeffrey Lord: Repealing Second Amendment Would Deprive Us Freedom

(Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live")

By    |   Tuesday, 27 March 2018 02:53 PM

The call by retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens for a repeal of the Second Amendment would deprive Americans of freedom and not provide them with more protection, conservative political strategist Jeffrey Lord told Newsmax TV on Tuesday.

"The Constitution was about freedom and this is a part of freedom, just as the ability to walk the streets and march and protest the government is part of the First Amendment," Lord said to Miranda Khan on Newsmax's "America Talks Live."

"Cars kill more people than shootings, abortions kill more human beings than shootings, just in the last week we had a terror situation in Austin, Texas, [where] this kid was sending bombs. Trying to ban these things is a futile effort, not to mention unconstitutional."

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Stevens, in a column in Tuesday's New York Times, said that looked at today, the concerns addressed by the Second Amendment are "a relic of the 18th century."

His suggestion comes seven weeks after 17 children and adults were shot dead by a teen-ager armed with an assault rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Such a repeal, Stevens said, "would make our schoolchildren safer than they have been since 2008 and honor the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence."

But Lord, a former associate political director in Reagan administration, countered: "I think we would be much better off in the case of kids by protecting our schools like we protect our airports and government office buildings and sports stadiums. It may be sad to say, but it's effective, when you have these things there.

"When I first started working in Washington in the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate, you could just walk in those buildings and nobody would check a thing. Today, you can't go in there with putting your bags in a metal detector, an x-ray machine, and going through a machine yourself. Sad to say it is part of the changing world."

Lord also praised the hundreds of thousands of children who participated in last weekend's "March for Our Lives" in cities and towns across the nation.

"I'm all for their involvement. I think that's good. When I was their age, my freshman year of college, Richard Nixon invaded Cambodia, which set off a chain of reactions on college campuses across the country," Lord said.

"Kent State happened where four kids were killed by the National Guard they were protesting, nine others wounded, 100,000 kids swooped down on Washington D.C., I was one of them, I was 19 … I'm all for involvement."

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