Democratic Tennessee Rep. Steve Cohen remarked on CNN Wednesday that the United States needs “better Supreme Court judges” to make decisions on the Second Amendment.
CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked, “Do you think the Second Amendment to the Constitution should be repealed?”
“We need better Supreme Court judges who can interpret the Second Amendment in a way that is in keeping with what the American people want,” Cohen answered. “You know, I think that there’s a right to bear arms of individuals to protect their homes, and I passed a right to carry bill when I was a state senator because people ought to have a right to protect their home.”
“But there are reasonable restrictions that can be placed on the purchase of weapons like AR-15s and AK-47s. And, that’s been the case through history. Sawed off shotguns were not allowed since 1938, and even in the Heller decision of 2008, which was awful, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court said that there could be restrictions,” he said.
“So no, I think the Supreme Court needs better justices who interpret the Second Amendment in the way it should be interpreted, which is kind of what Justice Stevens says. It was for a well-regulated militia, but it won’t be repealed and it’s a political issue. This is one place where President Trump is right about the law–even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while.”