More weapons, everywhere, all the time
The Supreme United States Legislature has set new rules, including a tasty treat that will lead us to a world where many more people on the New York City subway are packing up the heat. But there are already guns in New Yorksaid a guy in Ohio. Black on black crime! Chicago! Welp, you get what you wanted, man: law-abiding citizens can do their John Wayne thing pretty much anywhere they want now. Thanks to Thursday’s decision in New York State Rifles and Pistols Association vs. Bruen, New York’s 110-year-old law severely restricting the concealed carry of firearms in public has been struck down. Out came New York’s “may issue” licensing scheme, where people seeking to transport had to demonstrate an extraordinary need to carry a firearm in self-defense. It is now a “must issue” state, where many more people who say they need to carry a gun will be able to get a license to do so.
So if there’s a bad guy with a gun, the good guys can shoot him, because we all entertain the idea that this won’t end with more dead bystanders. Cops perform less well in these pressure situations, but we’re supposed to believe that largely untrained and untested civilians will hit the bullseye when the heat is on. Some guy threatening you? Take out your weapon. More weapons, everywhere, all the time. A weapon problem? Rub guns on it. Did you get shot? Should have had a gun. To shoot the other guy. Before he shoots you. And again, it’s okay if it’s a crowded subway car. Maybe a bunch of other people will be attached too.
These are the most pragmatic considerations when living in an obviously insane country. The United States of America has gone mad, thanks in large part to a conservative movement that took control of the judiciary and began to craft policy through its highest court. Who needs Congress when you have a SuperCongress, a group of nine people in very serious robes where you have an unassailable majority? And this majority indicated that it had ruled on this case from the start of the pleadings. At issue was whether the individual right to bear arms at home in self-defence, established by Judge Antonin Scalia in 2008 Heller v. District of Columbiaalso extended outside the house. During his interrogation in November, Judge Samuel Alito reported that he had already decided. He took the issue in dispute as the premise of his interrogation.
And today’s decision provided further indication that it was all predestined. The majority opinion of Justice Clarence Thomas states that Heller decision as gospel, the word of God, even if it was concocted fourteen years ago by his best friend Scalia. A federal judge appointed by George W. Bush cited 700 years of English and American precedent for local jurisdictions’ authority to regulate guns in the public square in a decision upholding Hawaii’s concealed carry law. (In fact, until recently, gun control laws were almost never overturned.) New York’s law is 110 years old, but it was overturned based on a new regulatory standard. of gun control that Thomas just created, where the government must affirmatively prove that any policy is “part of historical tradition.” Yet this decision itself rests almost entirely on Heller and McDonald v. Chicagowhose last held the 14th Amendment secures the 2nd Amendment – as newly interpreted under Heller— applies to state laws. Both of these decisions are younger than the iPhone. The Second Amendment is very old, but it only enshrined the individual right to bear arms in self-defense fourteen years ago, and it only applied to the bearing of arms in public there is about one hour.
Some observers cling to a concurring opinion by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, joined by Chief Justice John Roberts, that state laws requiring a license for concealed carry are still constitutional, something the majority opinion also supports in a Footnote. The footnote also reserves the right to reject such laws in the future, and there is no reason to believe that any balance will be sustainable or permanent. The march to the right lasts forever. Even that of Scalia Heller decision made an explicit place for maintaining gun regulations, but Thomas is in Brown seems like a ready-made excuse to reject all sorts of gun control laws in the future.
And by the way, let’s back up a bit here and note that the good news is that some judges think it’s probably legal for states to REQUIRE PEOPLE TO OBTAIN A LICENSE TO CARRY A GUN IN PUBLIC. Our supreme overlords have granted that, if they choose to do so, some states may require people to pass a background check or take a firearms safety course before they can carry a firearm. That’s the moderate position: maybe we should have some kind of clearance process before some asshole can carry a deadly weapon in the supermarket parking lot. What he can fight with another asshole on a space near the door, or how well he plays his music, or whatever. Meanwhile, people who carry guns — an act that inherently communicates the threat of violence — insist that observers who point out the threatening nature of this behavior are goofy awake.
This country is completely mad and possibly unrecoverable. There probably aren’t many gun policies that would make much of a difference at this point, with the 400 million guns already in circulation. The prognosis for a deeply divided country, awash in paranoid illusions and lethal weapons, is not good. But this drive to double down on anarchic madness, to make possible a world where everyone carries a deadly weapon all the time to fight everyone else in possession of deadly weapons, is just another level of horror. American. If I feel like I have to carry a gun because everyone has a gun, is that freedom? It’s certainly good for gun makers. But he seems much further from freedom than from tyranny. The armed people have succeeded in imposing their way of life on the rest of us. There is no sanctuary for very normal people who feel compelled to carry a gun on their hip for the trip to Chipotle. It’s their world, we just live in it, while the rest of the world watches in horror. The world hegemon, the supposed guardian of order, seems determined to transform life within its own borders into a state of
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