Texas law professor calls for repeal of Second Amendment

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Professor Mary Margaret Penrose

A Texas A&M University School of Law professor wants to see the Second Amendment shelved and replaced with something else.

Professor Mary Margaret Penrose made that staggering revelation at a day-long symposium Friday at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford, according to The Daily Caller.

Connecticut’s Governor Dannel Malloy delivered the symposium’s opening remarks, the subject of which was the Second Amendment and gun control organized by The Connecticut Law Review.

Because of its locale, Penrose brought up the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. almost a year ago. She also mentioned the Gabrielle Giffords shooting in Arizona.

The Daily Caller reported:

Noting her own outrage that Americans continue to tolerate gun violence, Penrose asked audience members to raise their hands if they thought laws intended to prevent gun violence have been successful. No one raised a hand.

“I think I’m in agreement with you and, unfortunately, drastic times require drastic measures,” Penrose said, according to CTNews Junkie. “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.”

She then proposed leaving it to the states.

constitution-burning“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.

Penrose also called the entire U.S. Constitution woefully obsolete, saying popular allegiance to it is misplaced.

“Why do we keep such an allegiance to a Constitution that was driven by 18th century concerns?” she asked, according to CTNewsJunkie. “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.”

You’d think Penrose, who teaches constitutional law, would know that the United States already has jurisdictions with highly restrictive gun laws. Cities such as New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C., have enacted draconian measures — all with little effect.

In April, Malloy signed a highly restrictive gun control bill into law. Shortly after that, Colt firearms announced it would be leaving Connecticut for greener pastures.

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  • EastonTexas

    The “fear of a standing army” by the Federal Government was the fear then, as it should remain today. Thus the 2nd Amendment is equally applicable now as then, especially since the Federal Government has essentially taken command of the State’s militia.

    • Kimber_TLE

      especially since the Federal Government has essentially taken command of the State’s militia.

      If you’re referring to the National Guard as the militia, the National Guard represents only the “organized militia” of the United States. Every able-bodied male between the ages of 17 to 44 (inclusive) and not otherwise exempted (e.g. the Vice President, judicial and executive officers of the United States, etc) makes-up the “unorganized” militia of the United States.

      As for state militias, your state law will vary, but usually excludes people who are already a part of a formal military (e.g. National Guard, Army, Navy, etc). For example in Ohio the militia consists of all citizens and all residents of Ohio between 17 and 66 years of age, inclusive. In Michigan, all able-bodied citizens and all able-bodied citizens who are residents of Michigan who “have or shall have declared their intention to become citizens of the United States” between 17 and 60, inclusive.

    • lovinspoonful

      It cannot be infringed upon. That is part of the Second Amendment of the Consitution. Seems as though college professosr have become mentally impaired.

  • afanaglenn

    Repeal to rewrite. Not just no, heck no. Not until both houses are controlled by republicans and there is a republican president. Repealing it now would open it up to all kinds of democrat foolery.

    • David Mumme

      Whoa there little fella. Have you seen the stats on the Republican party? I don’t trust the Republicans any further than I do the Democrats. There are a few good Republicans out there that I do trust, not because they are Republicans though, but because they are conservative believers in the authority of the Constitution. I just want people with integrity in office.

      • Joseph Jr

        In order to repeal an amendment you have to have an amendment do that and then it needs to be ratified. That means 2/3rds of the States would have to agree to it. The communists in charge are no where near to getting that.

        • jojo

          Not communists pal. Not even close. Moderate democrats are not communists. Do you know what a communist is? Does the state control the means of production? Do we have a Politburo? Regulated pricing? Zero unemployment? No? I guess we don’t live in a Communist nation. But please, give it a shot to explain how the USA is now “communist”.

          • Joseph Jr

            I did not say that our country is communist. It is being run by and ruined by them. The reason they are failing is that we still have that pesky Constitution in place. Something this so called educator and Obama would like to do away with. Try not reading more into a post then is there. We are still a free Nation but if Obama had his way it wouldn’t be. After all these communists know what is best for us. Like a new healthcare law that will never work and will cost working people twice as much so those too lazy to work can get more ” free stuff”. Then they will push a ” one payer” healthcare system. The same one that has ruined healthcare in every country that has it. Yes they are communists in every sense of the word. As are all who back Obama.

          • Joseph Jr

            Yes I know what communism is. I fought against it. Do you? If you did you would see how communist Obama and his minions are. Same with those that voted for him.

      • judy

        What would you think of Allen West and Dr. Ben Carson? I like them both but I think they should be brought to power as soon as Obama is removed and tried for treason.

        • NC Conservative

          You should fact check a little bit. While I think there are many good things about Carson, he also is not very pro-second amendment and for that reason I would never consider him!

        • David Mumme

          Have read some on Ben Carson and am impressed. Don’t know Allen West but will do some research. http://www.ontheissues.org is a great place to start. It’s non-partisan and simply provides information on our leader’s position on important issues; how they voted/comments they’ve made and so on. Thanks for asking!

        • jojo

          Treason? Where do they grow you people? How ignorant you are. Willful or otherwise. Many of the problems we face as a nation are due to people like you. Poorly educated, willingly close minded, equally and stunningly dull.

    • lovinspoonful

      The Constitution needs to be left strictly alone,. We have lived by it for years and have done very well. It is far- reaching and is applicable today and beyond.

  • Phil

    Can’t President F%$K UP just go to the podium and abolish it at a press conference?
    He legislated from the podium on the A.C.A. Horror show the other day.

    • jojo

      No dummie. That went through Congress. Remember? You can’t legislate from a podium. Take some civics and stay in school. You need it.

      • Phil

        JoJo relax. it was a joke. I’m talking about how he changed Obamao care at the podium the other day before he even talked to the Insurance companies. How he has no regard for changing laws without going through congress.
        I’m on your team, P.S. School doesn’t teach that stuff anymore. They don’t want an educated electorate.

  • LawrenceO

    This MORON has missed the whole point of the 2nd amendment. It is to protect the citizens from a tyrannical government, much like we have now. Obama knows this and has made preparations for the coming push back from the public. If this idiot legislator has no use for the oath she took when she took office, I suggest she resign and forfeit her government pension.

    • David Mumme

      It’s worse that that. She can’t be in Congress because she presents herself as being educated. No, this particular MORON is indoctrinating our youth. She and others like her should have taken an oath to present opposing views and teach the ability to consider the evidence and results that are attained by possessing those views. Higher-education philosophy teachers should no longer be presenting basic facts or opinions, these should already be known; they should be teaching critical thinking. The education system is run by Leftists and that is one of the main reasons we are in the pickle we are in.

      • NC Conservative

        I concur. Her “opinions” do not mean squat and she should keep them to herself. She should be teaching facts only, as they have been written and lived over the years.

        • jojo

          Psst dummie. It was a conference – not her job in the classroom. I guess you shouldn’t share your opinion here, by that reasoning.

      • jojo

        Oh boy. See below….mummie.

    • jojo

      Your opinion. 2nd amendment was written long before high caliber, high mag weapons – in a time where the fear was of a standing DOMESTIC army. Why not disband the army? Well??? If you want to get to the real ‘roots’ of the amendment, bring the forces down to a level where you and the rest of the NRA members could actually defeat them.

      Ah but you don’t really want that do you. Nut.

      • LawrenceO

        You missed the point the same as her. The founders didn’t care what caliber weapon you had to protect yourself from an oppressive government, only that the protection was needed and cannot be taken away. Get a life MORON!

      • Frank

        The first amendment was written before TV, radio the internet, magazines and a myriad of other forms of media. I guess they don’t count as freedom of speech since the founding fathers couldn’t have foreseen them, right?

  • ebooksdog

    IF PEOPLE DON’T LIKE LIVING IN A STATE WITH GUNS THEN MOVE TO A LIBERAL STATE BUT DON’T EVEN BRING THAT STUPID STUFF UP AGAIN ABOUT REMOVING THE SECOND AMENDMENT.

    • David Mumme

      I don’t think using all caps enforces your point but I think your point is valid.

      • jon

        OH, THE CAPS COPS AGAIN!!!!

        • Blaser270

          Got to watch for them. They’re unemployed most of the time so they have plenty time on their hands to patrol the message boards. SCREW EM!

    • jojo

      Burn that rag of a second amendment.

      • LawrenceO

        You’re a liberal fool who doesn’t mind living in a socialist 3rd world country. I suggest you try living in Cuba or Venezuela . Then tell us how that worked out for you.

  • Charles Calhoun

    The second amendment protects people. Killings happen in nations and locations where people are DISARMED. Human nature has not changed thus we still need the second amendment.

    Research

    • jojo

      Research…..fail. Stats don’t back you up. Go back to your Fox bubble.

      • LawrenceO

        I guess you haven’t kept yourself informed on the number of killings in England and Australia lately. You come in here, posting your communist ideology, expecting people to be in awe of your superficial intelligence. FAIL! Now run off and play with your Socialist friends and leave the discussion to the informed!

  • David Mumme

    “Professor Mary Margaret Penroserevealed (Sic) her thoughts”. What Professor Mary Margaret Penrose revealed was her ignorance. A federal militia is exactly from which the founding fathers wished to protect the People. Obama’s re-vamping of the Military is a prelude to tyranny. The Constitution was designed to provide the People the protection from enemies without AND within. It gives the People the duty AND the means to rise up against a government that oversteps its bounds.

    Our Federal military is the best in the World. Kudos to the men and women who have and are serving on our behalf, placing themselves in harm’s way for the benefit of others; I have nothing but the deepest respect and admiration for you. But the Federal militia is being prepared to overrun the People and that must be preempted.

    Further, the 2nd Amendment must not be altered or repealed. Doing so will only take guns out of the hands of law abiding citizens. It will have no positive effect on the violence, perhaps a small effect on gun accidents. Laws are already in place to punish the evil-doer; enforce them, make the penalties stiffer, don’t wait for three-strikes – if someone kills, put them to death. The debate about whether the death penalty is effective in reducing murder or not is mindless; it absolutely removes a killer from the population. It may not deter others (I think consistent, swift application would), but it sure as heck will deter one.

    You can’t justify removing our guns by saying that you will increase penalties on the bad guys, because your agenda has been proven to reduce penalties on criminals. Your leftist agenda is the driving force behind Amnesty and calling that which is “illegal”, “legal”. It is why the President has suggested that insurance companies should pass illegal policies and “we just won’t enforce the law.”

    You are all idiots! You barely deserve the right to breathe. We on the Right don’t try to take away or change your 1st Amendment rights; although we have let you badly twist them. Leave the 2nd Amendment alone.

    Congress should focus, on upholding and defending the Constitution as it stands. That is what they swore to do when they took office. They are consistently not performing according to this basic function and in any job that is grounds for removal. Bust their butts out.

    As for you leftist, liberal professors, I hold you personally responsible for crafting the downfall of America’s position as the number one economy, military, protector of human rights, and Christian nation. For decades, you have indoctrinated our youth in their thinking, not taught them how to critically think as is your mission. One day this nation should hold you accountable. One day God will hold you accountable.

  • David Mumme

    You know besides the fact that this so-called Professor is a Leftist and bent on destroying America, part of this story is that she’s from Texas of all places. You good ol’ boys from there should know how to deal with her.

    • ToryII

      Patriotic communists are found in every State.

      • David Mumme

        Where’s Douglas McCarthy when you need him?

    • Frank

      Well, it only says she is a professor from Texas A&M, Im very willing to bet she is not from Texas originally. LOL

    • jojo

      Leftist! Classic. And then you throw out the reference to lynching. You’re a real winner. Idiot.

      • LawrenceO

        Hey JOJO…you want the 2nd amendment abolished. To quote you” You’re a real winner. IDIOT” !

      • David Mumme

        I see no reference to “lynching” anywhere in my comment. Could be just gunning her down I suppose. Maybe it was in reference to Ted Cruz supporters getting her frickin’ butt fired. Your ability to infer is greater than your ability to think. This makes you the idiot.

  • http://www.examiner.com/paulding-county-republican-in-atlanta/christopher-collins PCGOPExaminer

    Ignorant liberals speak again.

    • jojo

      Hardly. But you are clearly another ignorant conservative.

      • http://www.examiner.com/paulding-county-republican-in-atlanta/christopher-collins PCGOPExaminer

        Right, by your response, you clearly show your ignorance without even trying. Want communism? Then move out of my country.

        • jojo

          Communism. We’re not even CLOSE to communism. Try another fear tactic pal. I’m not buying it. “Your country”. Give me a break.

          • http://www.examiner.com/paulding-county-republican-in-atlanta/christopher-collins PCGOPExaminer

            You’re too stupid to see it…so wake up and look around you. I served against Communists so I believe I am very qualified to see when it shows its face. We may not be there yet but it is on track.

  • Joseph Jr

    Our Constitution is a list of rights given to use by our Creator. The looney left seem to think of it as a piece of paper. This woman should be asked to which country she has allegiance to. If she states none then strip her of her citizenship. If she says America then she should never ever think of repealing any God given right. We can’t have it both ways. It is like Hollywood that said about the war on terror ” We support our troops but not the war”. ???? Huh? As silly as these sound they are a danger to our freedom.As conservatives or just plain Patriots the left laughs at us. They do so because we do not fight as hard for our rights as they do for taking them away. Then they use the ” just a little bit at a time” rule. They will do this until they feel they can not be beat as far as what they want as the ” law of the land”. So if you love your country and your freedoms someone in a position to get to many minds and talks about taking your rights should appall and infuriate you. Yes she has the right to say what she did but along with that right comes consequences. The consequences should be harsh.