America Editorial Featured on Huffington Post

 

By now you may have seen our recent editorial, which calls for the repeal of the Second Amendment. 

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It seems the Huffington Post noticed it, too. Reporter Meredith Bennett-Smith spoke with our editor in chief, Matt Malone, S.J., about the magazine's motivations and the editorial process behind the piece. You can read the HuffPo article here.

An excerpt:

 

Father Matt Malone, 40, America's editor-in-chief, who stepped into his current role last summer, told The Huffington Post that the eight-member editorial board did not make this claim casually.

For weeks following the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Conn., Malone said he and his fellow editors discussed what the appropriate response -- both spiritually and policy-wise -- should be. And time and time again, he and his fellow Jesuits found themselves stymied by the Supreme Court's sweeping 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which affirmed citizens' right to bear arms for "traditionally lawful purposes."

"We thought the fundamental question here is, is the Second Amendment in the 21st century still useful law," Malone told the HuffPost. "At first we were kind of reluctant to ask that question, because no one wants to in any kind of casual way talk about changing the Bill of Rights. But you know what, the Bill of Rights and the Constitution are excellent laws, but they are human law. And it seems to us, that if they are the laws of a self-governing country, then the people have an obligation to ask, is it indeed still good law for the times were are living in."

Kerry Weber

 

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RON HOVERSTAD
5 years 11 months ago
I read the editorial, and want to congratulate the editors on taking a courageous stand on the Second Amendment and gun violence. Many of those who commented disagreed with the editors, but there were supporters as well. Such a discussion is an excellent demonstration of our rights to free speech and the press guaranteed by the First Amendment. I happen to agree with the editors. Our rights under the Constitution cannot ignore God-given rights, especially the right to life of the victims of gun violence. And the data on gun violence shows that stricter gun control laws, like the one overturned in D.C. actually reduce gun violence in the long run. Way to go editors! Keep up the good work and don't shy away from controversy.
Stanley Kopacz
5 years 11 months ago
I sympathize, but an amendment to abolish corporate personhood is more important.
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5 years ago
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