- Gavin Newsom is proposing the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which would repeal the Second Amendment.
- Newsom argues that every person has a fundamental right to safety, which would potentially nullify the government.
- The proposed 28th Amendment includes increasing the age to acquire a gun to 21, implementing universal background checks, imposing waiting periods, banning assault rifles, and giving state and local governments the power to enact their own gun regulations.
- The amendment would undermine the Supremacy of the Second Amendment over state and local governments.
- While the chances of the amendment passing are slim, it reveals the mindset of the anti-gun lobby and their willingness to fundamentally alter the philosophical underpinnings of the United States.
In a recent video, firearms expert Stephen Artemis discusses the proposed 28th Amendment put forth by Governor Gavin Newsom. While Artemis believes the amendment has little chance of becoming a reality, he acknowledges its potential implications for the rest of the country. Newsom's proposal seeks to modify the United States Constitution through a constitutional convention and ultimately repeal the Second Amendment.
The 28th Amendment, as it is being billed, is framed as an amendment for safety. It aims to recognize every person in the United States as having a fundamental, specifically enumerated right to safety. Artemis points out that rights do not come from individuals such as Newsom or from the government itself. Instead, they are pre-existing and come from a transcendent being, whether it be God, the Creator, or a higher power.
The framers of the Constitution understood that their knowledge was limited to their time in 1791. They recognized the possibility of additional rights beyond those initially recognized and codified in the Constitution. To account for this, they included mechanisms for adding new rights, such as the Tenth Amendment and the amendment process itself.
Newsom claims to have identified an inherent right to safety, which he seeks to enshrine in the 28th Amendment. However, if this amendment were to come into effect, it would not only affect the Second Amendment. It would also necessitate examining the potential threats to safety, with government being the leading cause of death worldwide. Artemis suggests that the logical conclusion of the 28th Amendment could be the nullification of government itself, although this is not what Newsom intends.
Newsom's proposed 28th Amendment specifically includes five provisions. First, he wants to increase the minimum age for acquiring a firearm to 21. Second, he seeks to implement universal background checks, which Artemis finds philosophically inconsistent with the idea of a fundamental right to safety. Third, Newsom wants to establish reasonable waiting periods without defining what that means. Fourth, he wants to ban assault rifles, claiming that they have the singular purpose of killing as many people as possible. Lastly, he wants to grant state and local governments the power to enact their own gun regulations.
Artemis argues that this aspect of the amendment is the most significant, as it essentially undermines the supremacy of the Second Amendment over state and local governments. It would allow them to create any regulations they see fit, potentially gutting the Second Amendment entirely.
The amendment process and constitutional conventions are not convened for the purpose of discussing a single proposal. The entire Constitution is up for review during these processes. The enduring nature of the Constitution has been one of the factors that distinguish the United States from countries like France or Italy. It serves as the ultimate protection of minority rights against the whims of the majority.
Artemis criticizes Newsom for disregarding the constitutional protections in favor of pushing his own political agenda. Newsom claims that the majority of gun owners support his proposed regulations, although Artemis finds this assertion questionable. Newsom essentially argues for the elimination of constitutional protections in order to advance his agenda.
While the likelihood of Newsom's proposed 28th Amendment becoming a reality is minimal, it is essential to understand the mindset and philosophies of the anti-gun lobby. It demonstrates their willingness to fundamentally alter the philosophical underpinnings of the United States to achieve their goals.
In conclusion, Governor Gavin Newsom's proposed 28th Amendment seeks to repeal the Second Amendment and establish a fundamental right to safety. While the chances of this amendment becoming a reality are slim, it provides insight into the mindset of the anti-gun lobby and their willingness to undermine constitutional protections. It remains to be seen how this proposal will develop and whether it will have any lasting impact on gun rights in the United States.