Director, Commonwealth Policy Center

The Second Amendment to the Constitution secures the rights of Americans to keep and bear arms. It’s part of our political DNA ever since the British tried to disarm the colonists. The Founders realized that the right to self-defense is a natural right and so important that they made it a cornerstone freedom. But if former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has his way, he'd repeal the Second Amendment. His rationale is that without guns there would be no gun violence. It's laudable that we should work for a safer, more peaceful society, but will banning guns really achieve that? Missing from the equation is that we live in a broken, fallen world and disarming law-abiding citizens would only achieve one thing: it would make them more vulnerable to criminals who don't obey the law.