Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stevens Proposes Six New Amendments

| by Will Hagle

Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens has written a new book entitled Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution to be published today, April 22 via Little, Brown and Co. 

Stevens, who retired from the Supreme Court in 2010, recently celebrated his 94th birthday. In his new book, he remains as sharp as ever regarding the U.S. justice system, and he calls for some major changes to the ways in which the country is governed. 

The amendments Stevens claims need to happen include abolishing the death penalty, limiting spending on elections and drawing electoral districts in a partisan manner.

Two of his proposed amendments also focus on gun control, an issue which he has been working towards solving since the 2012 shooting at the Newtown, Conn. elementary school. 

According to the Huffington Post, one of Stevens’ proposed gun-related amendments would allow Congress to force state participation in gun checks, while the other would revise the Second Amendment to permit gun control. 

Although he has suggested some significant overhauls to the current system in place throughout the United States, Stevens is realistic about how much will actually change in the coming years. 

“I’d think the chance of changing the Second Amendment is pretty remote. The purpose is to cause further reflection over a period of time because it seems to me with ample time and ample reflection, people in the United States would come to the same conclusion that people in other countries have,” Stevens said, according to Yahoo News.

Many of the amendments Stevens has suggested in his book are directly related to rulings which he dissented against while serving on the court.