The Supreme Court took a strong stand Thursday for both the 2nd Amendment and the fundamental right to self defense. The shrill outcry from radical leftists notwithstanding, the court’s conservative majority got it right.
NYSRPA v. Bruen became the first major 2nd Amendment decision handed down by the high court in over a decade. It also sends a clear message that the Constitution overrides legislators who want to respond to criminal atrocities by disarming law-abiding citizens.
Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the 6-3 majority, wrote that the New York law requiring demonstration of “a special need for self-defense” violates the Constitution.
National Rifle Association President Wayne LaPierre hailed the deci “landmark win” for constitutional freedoms.
New York’s state law follows “may-issue” protocols, meaning that even if the citizen meets all qualifications for concealed carry, they must still show a “pressing need” for a license.
2008’s D.C. v. Heller decision confirmed the right to privately possess firearms in an individual’s home. Two years later, in McDonald v. City of Chicago, the Supreme Court clarified that 2nd Amendment rights are also protected by the 14th Amendment’s “due process” clause.
These rulings, however, did not directly address the right to “bear” arms outside of one’s home. While the meaning of the 2nd Amendment is obvious, a handful of states and the District of Columbia continued their assault on individual rights through restrictive laws.
Those laws suffered a major blow Thursday.
The chorus that erupted was as loud as it was predictable, as President Joe Biden declared the ruling goes against the Constitution. It is uncertain which part of the “right to keep and bear arms” the decision conflicts with, but stay tuned.
His was far from the only outcry, as leaders of liberal states, particularly New York, voiced their displeasure. Gov. Kathy Hochul condemned the ruling as “reckless” and “outrageous,” and declared the legislature may convene a special session.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams declared residents face a “further risk of gun violence.” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez called the decision “a nightmare for public safety.”
What is an absolute certainty is that stripping carry rights from upstanding citizens does nothing to make the public safer. Rather, it emboldens violent criminals even more as they know they are unlikely to face armed resistance.