President Biden responded to the Supreme Court’s hidden postponement decision by pointing out that it contradicts both common sense and the Constitution.
The president said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA:
I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Brun. Since 1911, New York State has required people who wish to carry a concealed weapon in public to demonstrate the need for it in self-defense and obtain a license. More than a century later, the United States Supreme Court has chosen to overrule New York’s long-established authority to protect its citizens. This decision contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all deeply.
In the wake of the horrific attacks in Buffalo and Uvalde, as well as daily acts of gun violence that don’t make national headlines, we must do more as a society — not less — to protect our fellow Americans. I remain committed to doing everything in my power to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer. I have already taken more executive action to reduce gun violence than any other president in his first year in office, and I will continue to do all I can to protect Americans from gun violence.
I urge states to continue to enact and enforce common sense laws to make their citizens and communities safer from gun violence. As the late Justice Scalia recognized, the Second Amendment is not absolute. For centuries, states have regulated who can buy or own guns, what kinds of guns they can use, and where they can carry those guns. And the courts have upheld those regulations.
I call on Americans across the country to raise their voices on gun safety. Lives are at stake.
The Supreme Court is moving in the opposite direction to the rest of the country
Biden was right. The Supreme Court is moving in the opposite direction to the rest of the country. The vast majority of the American people want common sense protections against gun violence because the Supreme Court makes it easier for would-be mass shooters to carry their guns in public.
The Supreme Court is shattered and its decision today could cost Americans their lives.
It is time to reform the Supreme Court.
Mr. Easley is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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