Leftists, particularly Keith Olbermann, are raging mad over the Supreme Court voting 6-3 on Thursday to strike down a draconian New York law that had severely restricted who’s allowed to carry a concealed firearm in public and reportedly “criminalize[d] gun ownership by racial and ethnic minorities.”
“[T]he justices ruled that requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry one in public violated the Second Amendment right to ‘keep and bear arms,'” according to New York station WNBC.
“New York has required that anyone applying for a concealed handgun license first show ‘proper cause.’ Courts in New York have found that means someone must demonstrate a special need to defend themselves,” the station noted.
Olbermann for his part responded to the ruling by calling for the dissolution of the Supreme Court:
It has become necessary to dissolve the Supreme Court of the United States.
The first step is for a state the “court” has now forced guns upon, to ignore this ruling.
Great. You’re a court? Why and how do think you can enforce your rulings?#IgnoreTheCourt
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 23, 2022
The case was brought by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and two of its members after the members’ applications for a concealed-carry license were rejected because “self-defense” didn’t count as a valid reason to have a weapon handy.
“New York Supreme Court Justice Richard McNally ruled that neither man had shown proper cause to carry guns in public because they failed to demonstrate that they had a special need for self-protection,” CNBC reports.
“The plaintiffs then challenged that denial in a federal court in New York. They argued that the state law governing concealed-carry licenses, which allows them only for applicants with ‘good moral character’ who have ‘proper cause’ to carry guns outside the home, violates the Second Amendment.”
A federal judge in New York dismissed the case, after which the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the ruling. Only then did the Supreme Court pick up the case.
In Thursday’s ruling, majority opinion writer Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the state’s “proper-cause requirement” violated the plaintiffs’ constitutionally guaranteed “right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and her attorney general responded by vowing to “fight back.”
In New York, we don’t back down — we fight back.
We’ve enacted nation-leading gun safety laws, and I will continue to do everything in my power to keep our communities safe from gun violence.
— Kathy Hochul (@KathyHochul) June 23, 2022
We are currently reviewing the decision from the Supreme Court on New York’s ability to regulate who can carry firearms in public.
But we will continue to do everything in our power to protect New Yorkers from gun violence and preserve our state’s common sense gun laws.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) June 23, 2022
The federal Department of Justice has also voiced its disagreement.
BREAKING: DOJ releases statement that they “respectfully disagree” with Supreme Court’s ruling on New York gun law: “The Department of Justice remains committed to saving innocent lives by enforcing and defending federal firearms laws.” https://t.co/DZ7dBEjJ36 pic.twitter.com/OdFm2rdOhz
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 23, 2022
Among the winners of Thursday’s ruling were the Black Attorneys of Legal Aid, the Bronx Defenders, and the Brooklyn Defender Services.
“Each year, we represent hundreds of indigent people whom New York criminally charges for exercising their right to keep and bear arms. For our clients, New York’s licensing requirement renders the Second Amendment a legal fiction,” the groups had written in an amicus brief filed in the case.
“Worse, virtually all our clients whom New York prosecutes for exercising their Second Amendment right are Black or Hispanic. And that is no accident. New York enacted its firearm licensing requirements to criminalize gun ownership by racial and ethnic minorities. That remains the effect of its enforcement by police and prosecutors today.”
Keep in mind that this criminalization of “gun ownership by racial and ethnic minorities” is exactly what leftists like Olbermann and Hochul are desperate to keep alive.
Worth noting that, although SCOTUS doesn’t mention it, New York’s gun restriction was applied in a racially discriminatory way to terrorize black neighborhoods.https://t.co/3vfSMvPohl pic.twitter.com/5LIUn2GcSD
— Andrew Fleischman (@ASFleischman) June 23, 2022
And leftists like President Joe Biden as well.
“I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. Since 1911, the State of New York has required individuals who would like to carry a concealed weapon in public to show a need to do so for the purpose of self-defense and to acquire a license,” the president said in a statement following the ruling.
“More than a century later, the United States Supreme Court has chosen to strike down New York’s long-established authority to protect its citizens. This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all,” he added.
Apparently, he’s not troubled by how the law had been used to criminalize gun ownership by minorities. It’s not surprising given that his administration is also looking to criminalize the smoking of menthol cigarettes, despite menthol cigarettes being especially popular in the black community …
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