The Supremes have just released its opinion on New York’s open carry of guns law, aka New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v Bruen. . Here are the opinions. 20-843_7j80
In short, the Supremes (or the conservative majority) struck down the New York law which restricted the open carrying of legally owned guns because it violated the Second Amendment, as it was understood back when the Constitution was written by a bunch of white racist, misogynistic slave owners (many of them anyway, and who in fairness were very smart and very forward-thinking for people in the late 18th century).
This decision means that states can no longer prevent citizens from carrying guns in public. States can no longer require a separate license/permit like an open carry permit. (But you can bet your patooties that the Supremes won’t allow guns in their workplace.)
As Alito’s concurrence points out, the decision doesn’t affect who can legally possess a gun. “All” it does is say if you can possess a gun, you can carry it in public without any special government-issued permit.
So for example, if some of the 20,000,000 owners of AR 15s or other semi-automatic rifles want to protest in front of the state capital buildings in Albany, Austin, or anyplace else, (like they did in Lansing), or in front of a government official’s home, well then have at it AR 15 owners!
AR 15 owners at Black Lives Matter and transgender rallies? Sure, why not? 50 or 500 guys instead of that one kid with the AR 15 protecting property who in self-defense killed a couple of them, (after one of them shot at him). The problem there was that there just weren’t enough of those guys with AR 15s at these lefty protests. What could possibly go wrong?
And lest we forget the unbelievable and pathetic act of cowardice in Texas a couple weeks ago where armed and supposedly trained police officers refused to save school children because they were afraid of one gunman with a semi automatic gun.
Since police officers only routinely carry pistols, well, it’s going to suck to be a police officer protecting state capital and municipal buildings and their occupants, or US government buildings and their occupants, or the homes of controversial government officials, and even Supreme Court justices.
Of course, the justices in the majority in this case, don’t have anything to worry about from the far right. But what going to happen when the same majority eliminates the right to abortion as it will do today or tomorrow? I’ll bet some of the crazy lefties have a few of these 20,000,000 weapons of war. Again, it’s going to suck to be the cops protecting these folks.
Let’s see how the US Capital responds to the next far-right protests with the far-right armed better than the capital police. If I were a wacko strategist for some of these groups, I’d start planning some protests at these buildings to show off their new Supreme Court-created powers of intimidation. But why would anyone expect actual violence? Certainly, not the majority in this case, don’t. Or maybe they think that is a necessary price of protecting the Second Amendment rights of people, and there is no price to dear to pay.
I think this decision and the expected decision overturning Roe v. Wade is going to change America, dramatically for the worse. Specifically, I think it will lead to a level of random and planned or expected violence the likes of which this country has never seen outside of the last civil war.
And if you connect this up with what is currently happening in Washington with the congressional hearings, and the intense polarization and abject hatred that the opposite sides have for each other. What could possibly go wrong with letting 20,000,000 semi-automatic gun owners, and tens of millions (or more) pistol owners carry their guns in restaurants, parks, and protests.
20,000,000 semi-automatic gun owners, many of whom have sworn allegiance to a man who used to be in charge.
Siri tells me that there are around 658,000 police officers employed in the US, and around 338,000 national guard members. Like I said, based on this decision, it’s going to suck to be a police officer after this decision. Good job guys (and gal).
Rick Jaffe, Esq.