Mark Levin: ‘An up-or-down vote on the Second Amendment is unconstitutional’
On his Tuesday radio show, conservative talker Mark Levin defended the GOP senators who are threatening to filibuster new gun control laws and argued that any attempt to threaten gun ownership would be unconstitutional.
“The Second Amendment belongs to you and me, like the first, like the third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth — like the rest of the Constitution,” Levin, the author of “Ameritopia: The Unmaking of America,” said. “It’s not up for grabs. Is the Senate holding a constitutional convention? Well, it looks like it’s just about to.”
“This Thursday, the Senate intends to vote on changing the Second Amendment without any pretense of going through the constitutional amendment process — none,” he continued. “The Senate is meeting as if it’s a constitutional convention and can do whatever it damn well wants to do. The Second Amendment exists as a protection for us against usurpation by Congress and the rest of the federal government. The Second Amendment protects an individual right and it’s that simple.”
According to Levin, the vote will amount to an “up-or-down vote on the Second Amendment.”
“In fact, those who are talking about filibustering changes to the Second Amendment — thereby requiring the Senate to cobble together 60 votes rather than a mere majority are now attacked as playing games or abusing the rules of the Senate, or ‘what are they afraid of? Don’t they want an up-or-down vote?’” Levin said. “An up-or-down vote on the Second Amendment is unconstitutional. There are no up-or-down votes on the Constitution.”
“You either amend it or you don’t,” he continued. “And in that amendment process, the states are involved, not just Congress. And a president who is in a rush to fundamentally transform America — this is how far removed we’ve become from our own law, from our own heritage, from the Constitution of the United States. And it’s discussed on television and in the news like it’s no big deal. It is a big deal.”
Levin also pointed out that, in addition to those constitutional questions, there has been no formal legislation put forward for the public to see despite the vote being scheduled for Thursday.
(h/t The Right Scoop)