In May, Stevens wrote a piece for The Atlantic decrying District of Columbia v. Heller, the 2008 ruling that affirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms, which he called “the worst self-inflicted wound in the Court’s history.” He wrote a op-ed for the New York Times in 2018 revisiting District of Columbia v. Heller, and calling for the repeal of the Second Amendment:

That decision — which I remain convinced was wrong and certainly was debatable — has provided the N.R.A. with a propaganda weapon of immense power. Overturning that decision via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.

That simple but dramatic action would move Saturday’s marchers closer to their objective than any other possible reform. It would eliminate the only legal rule that protects sellers of firearms in the United States — unlike every other market in the world. It would make our schoolchildren safer than they have been since 2008 and honor the memories of the many, indeed far too many, victims of recent gun violence.