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Larry King backs repealing Second Amendment, says it was meant to fight slave uprisings


Former CNN star Larry King said Wednesday that he would support repealing the Second Amendment because “it’s poorly written” and represents an outdated time.

“What’d they mean by militia?” King asked TMZ.

The Hulu host said the Second Amendment was included in the Constitution at the insistence of “Southern senators so they could ward off slaves uprising.”

“And the [National Rifle Association] is the worst,” King added. 

{mosads}King’s comments come days after former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a Republican, wrote in The New York Times that anti-gun violence advocates and those who want stricter gun laws should push lawmakers for a repeal of the Second Amendment.

President Trump responded by vowing the amendment “will never be repealed” and used Stevens’s suggestion as a rallying cry to elect more Republicans so the party can maintain control of the Supreme Court.

The country is in the midst of a renewed debate over gun control following the Feb. 14 shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., which left 17 people dead.

The students who survived the shooting have pushed for stricter gun laws and organized the March For Our Lives. The rallies held in Washington, D.C., and other cities nationwide drew more than 1 million attendees Saturday.

In response to last month’s shooting, the Trump administration has taken steps to ban bump stocks, an accessory that allows certain weapons to fire at a more rapid rate, signed off on funding for improved background checks and urged states to pass gun legislation.

A number of states have also acted to pass laws tightening restrictions, while some governments have moved toward securing schools or allowing staff and teachers to bring guns to school.

Congress has not taken action on enacting universal background checks, raising the age requirement to purchase a rifle or banning assault weapons, each of which Parkland students have called for.

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