DONALD Trump has responded in fury to demands to repeal the US Constitution’s Second Amendment on guns and the right to bear arms as he vowed it will “never be repealed” on Twitter today.
THE SECOND AMENDMENT WILL NEVER BE REPEALED! As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY. We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
The US President tweeting the first part in capital letters said: “The Second amendment will never be repealed!
“As much as Democrats would like to see this happen, and despite the words yesterday of former Supreme Court Justice Stevens, NO WAY.
“We need more Republicans in 2018 and must ALWAYS hold the Supreme Court!”
President Trump remarks follow comments by former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens in an opinion column calling on US lawmakers to
Mr Stevens said there was clear public support “to enact legislation prohibiting civilian ownership of semiautomatic weapons, increasing the minimum age to buy a gun from 18 to 21 years old, and establishing more comprehensive background checks on all purchasers of firearms”.
He added: “But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform.
“They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.
“It would make our schoolchildren safer than they have been since 2008 and honour the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence.”
The Second Amendment appear the US first Bill of Rights in 1791 and over the years has sparked repeated debate over the its intended purpose.
The Amendment statest: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
The Florida school shooting has triggered renewed calls change the constitution after 17 people including staff and students were killed an a further 17 others injured at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.
Florida school shooting survivor David Hogg, 17,speaking at the March for Our Lives on Saturday said: “We need to see real action from lawmakers.
“They have to actually mean it, take meaningful steps to save children’s lives.”
Since 1980 there have been more than 30 shootings, where at least four people killed, at US schools and universities.