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In Shocking Decision, Supreme Court Agrees With Laws of 43 States

Posted on | June 23, 2022 | Comments Off on In Shocking Decision, Supreme Court Agrees With Laws of 43 States

Various liberals (e.g., Keith Olbermann) are melting down over today’s Supreme Court ruling in the Bruen case. Summarized briefly:

The state law at the heart of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen required anyone who wants to carry a concealed handgun outside the home to show “proper cause” for the license. New York courts interpreted that phrase to require applicants to show more than a general desire to protect themselves or their property. Instead, applicants must demonstrate a special need for self-defense – for example, a pattern of physical threats. Several other states, including California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, impose similar restrictions, as do many cities.

(Hat-tip: Althouse.) The 6-3 majority ruling, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, was joined by all three of the Trump-appointed justices — Gorsuch, Kavanaugh and Barrett — as well as Roberts and Alito, both nominated by George W. Bush. This ought to serve as a rebuke to some of my permanently malcontented conservative friends, who grumble about the worthlessness of Republican politicians, but who must now admit that elections do indeed matter. We all owe a debt of gratitude to Cocaine Mitch who, whatever his other faults, can reliably muster a Senate majority to confirm GOP judges (and who f**ked over the Democrats by keeping Merrick Garland off the Supreme Court).

As for that hysterical screeching we’re hearing from liberals panicked over this decision, well, just wait until Friday. Hahaha. If SCOTUS strikes down Roe v. Wade tomorrow, they’re gonna turn the crazy up to 11.

But, of course, overturning Roe would simply return the regulation of abortion back to the state legislatures; the 1973 ruling voided the laws of 49 states, essentially imposing New York state’s liberal abortion laws (which that state had just changed in 1969) on the entire country. There is a certain ironic symmetry to the way SCOTUS now strikes down New York’s (unconstitutional) gun laws in the walk-up to their decision in the Dobbs case, which is expected to overturn Roe.

Professor Reynolds points out that today’s gun decision “will make essentially no difference in the 43 states that have shall-issue carry now. Its immediate impact will be limited to those may-issue states that make permits available at the discretion of the authorities.” So it’s not really that big of a deal, and is unlikely to lead to whatever nightmare scenarios may be lurking in the deranged imaginations of liberals.

Maybe Biden can direct his Department of Homeland Security to round up those dangerous extremists — Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, et al.

UPDATE: Welcome, Instapundit readers!



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