COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham is fuming after a former associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court wrote an editorial in the New York Times suggesting it was time to repeal the Second Amendment.
Retired Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican judge who left the bench in 2010, wrote in his op-ed that the Second Amendment was not written in a 21st-century mindset.
"Concern that a national standing army might pose a threat to the security of the separate states led to the adoption of that amendment, which provides that 'a well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed,'" Stevens wrote. "Today that concern is a relic of the 18th century."
In a statement, Graham said he will continue to protect the right to bare arms, not repeal it from the U.S. Constitution.
"Like every American, Justice Stevens is entitled to his opinion, but I am very glad he is now retired," Graham said. "And I have zero intention of following his counsel. In fact, statements like this epitomize out-of-touch liberals who do not appreciate the important role the Second Amendment has played – and continues to play – in our nation."
President Donald Trump also tweeted a defense of the Second Amendment, vowing that it would "NEVER BE REPEALED."