Accuracy in Media

CNN host Chris Cuomo made a claim this week that “no one” is making a case to repeal the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, despite an opinion editorial in the New York Times by former U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

Stevens’ editorial advocated for repealing the Second Amendment, which would require a majority of states to go through a constitutional amendment process. His proposal was met with much skepticism and criticism by conservatives and liberals alike. In the editorial, Stevens said:

That support is a clear sign to lawmakers 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. But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment.

On Twitter, a social media platform, Cuomo defended his use of words, claiming that because Stevens is a retired Supreme Court justice and is not an official who has voting power in the legislative branch, he still is correct.

His actual remarks, in context:

“You have the president of the United States tweeting that the Second Amendment will never be repealed. Who is calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment? Who is calling for it?”

Cuomo is incorrect for saying “no one” when he knew Stevens penned an editorial on the subject.

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