Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper: Repeal the Second Amendment

Former police chief Norm Stamper (The Huffington Post)

A former Seattle Police Chief on Tuesday argued that repealing the Second Amendment would help prevent the type of gun violence displayed in last week’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

“I have seen over the course of my 34 years of police work countless homicide and other shooting victims — I know what bullets do to bodies,” Norm Stamper told HuffPost Live host Alicia Menendez.

He continued: “What I think is necessary is for responsible gun owners to recognize that in no way would my suggestion of repealing the Second Amendment — and not necessarily replacing it with another amendment, but I wouldn’t rule that out either — that we create legislation that makes sense for today’s world, not the world that existed at the drafting of the Constitution and certainly the Bill of Rights.”

Appearing on HuffPost Live on Tuesday, Stamper discussed some of the same ideas he proposed in a blog post on The Huffington Post.

We are in denial about our duty to stop gun violence. We’re awed by what we perceive to be the power of the National Rifle Association, and the political clout of those members of congress whose loyalty has been purchased by the NRA.

So we wait. We wait for the next slaughter, knowing it will surely come. Nothing has changed, nothing will change. Not unless we resolve to become, in the president’s aspirational words, “better than this.”

How do we accomplish that? Through repeal of the Second Amendment, and the enactment of a new constitutional amendment.

Watch the video via The Huffington Post below: