Mary Margaret Penrose, a full-time professor of law with Texas A&M University in Fort Worth, has called for the full repeal of the Second Amendment, according to an article in the New Haven Register News in Connecticut.
Penrose made her comments an annual symposium put on by the Connecticut Law Review at University of Connecticut’s School of Law. The Symposium’s topic, “Up In Arms: The Second Amendment in the Modern Republic,” was selected by the Law Review’s membership and was held Friday, November 15, 2013 at William F. Starr Hall in Hartford.
She said she calls the Constitution an “obsolete” document in her classes, and said at the Symposium, “… Drastic times require drastic measures. I think the Second Amendment is misunderstood and I think it’s time today, in our drastic measures, to repeal and replace that Second Amendment.”
“The beauty of a ‘states’ rights model’ solution is it allows those of you who want to live in a state with strong restrictions to do so and those who want to live in a state with very loose restrictions to do so,” Penrose said.
Connecticut’s Governor Dannel Malloy gave opening remarks. He told the audience of legal scholars and practitioners that Connecticut supports the constitutional right to own firearms but he says no right is without its limitations.
Malloy told the audience made up of legal scholars and practitioners that those who believe there should be no limitations on the second amendment are wrong.
Clayton E. Cramer, one of the other symposium panelists and an adjunct professor at the College of Western Idaho, said on his blog, “I am encouraged to report increasing evidence that gun control is an old white guy’s movement. The panelists at the symposium were generally either clearly pro-gun, or giving data that gave serious doubts as to either the need for or effectiveness of broad gun control laws.
“The most notable exception was Professor Penrose of Texas A&M,” Cramer said, “who argued that our Constitution is really suited to an 18th century world, not a 21st century world, and proposed amending the Constitution to repeal the Second Amendment and allow states to pass whatever gun control laws they wanted.”