Law Professor Calls for Repeal of the Second Amendment at Symposium on Constitutional Law
Texas A&M University Law Professor Mary Margaret Penrose is causing quite the controversy over comments she made at a symposium on the constitutional right to bear arms.
Penrose told a room full of lawyers and law students that she supports completely repealing and rewriting the Second Amendment as well as redrafting the entire Constitution.
According to CTNJ,
“I think I’m in agreement with you and, unfortunately, drastic times require drastic measures,” Penrose said. “. . . 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.”
“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,” she said.
“Why do we keep such an allegiance to a constitution that was driven by 18th Century concerns? 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 said.
I will give Penrose one thing, at least she’s honest. As a law professor she understands the constitution and understands that stricter gun control would require repealing the Second Amendment. At least we know where she stands as opposed to politicians who say they support the Second Amendment, but also support so called “common sense” gun control measures.
Also at the symposium was the anti-gun governor of Connecticut, Dan Malloy. He’s one of those politicians I was speaking about in the previous paragraph.
“This being a legal symposium, I’m quite certain the constitution will be thrown around quite a bit,” he said. “We support in our state the constitutional right to have arms. But no right is without its limitations. [see what he did there?]”
“There are other rights that we all agree have limitations. It really is only this one particular point that our society clashes on, and that one side honestly and I think truly believes there should be no limitations,” he said. “But, as you can probably surmise, I think they’re wrong.”
Earlier this year Malloy led the legislative push that gave the state of Connecticut some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation.
While I don’t agree with Penrose in the slightest, at least she isn’t trying to push for gun control under the guise of supporting the Second Amendment. That said, it makes me worry that the next generation of lawyers is being taught constitutional law by her.