Supreme Court Hands Down Gun Ruling to Mixed Reactions
“This is an absolute disgrace!" shouted a protester outside the US Supreme Court Thursday. The Supreme Court decision struck down a New York gun law on a 6-3 split and it outraged gun control advocates.
“We're not interested in taking everyone's guns. We are interested in reducing gun violence. And we feel reasonable decisions and legislation would help that along with faith community, community organizations getting involved and finally certainly voting 6 to 3 to allow concealed carry weapons. I was a pastor in New York City, in New York City it's an absolutely disgraceful decision," said Rev. Patrick Mahoney, Faith Leaders for Ending Gun Violence.
One vocal opponent of the decision as the vice-president.
“I believe that the Supreme Court's decision today defies logic in terms of what we know we are capable of doing with reasonable gun safety laws to secure the safety and the wellbeing of the people of our nation," stated Vice-President Kamala Harris in Washington.
We spoke with a Texas gun owner and asked if he likes the idea of citizens carrying guns in public.
“That’s a tough one. That’s a tough one. What advantage does that give law enforcement? And then you have the word ‘conceal.’ I never did want to hide anything, especially guns," noted Antonio Gracia, a Texas gun owner.
While Gracia thinks it’s a good idea for people to have guns in their homes to be able to defend themselves and their families, he doesn’t think it’s a good idea for them to be outside of their homes in public where they could endanger first responders.
“I think they could really be ambushed by people when they don’t know who has guns on them," he said.
But there are second amendment advocates who are celebrating the decision, including Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice-president of the National Rifle Association who issued a statement saying, “The decision comes at an important time – as the Senate considers legislation that undermines 2A freedom. This decision unequivocally validates the position of the NRA and should put lawmakers on notice.”
Another gun rights supporter says he is happy but wants to see the details.
“I have to read it first to see how far it goes. But as it is right now, I'm very happy. New York is an outlier. Most of the country enjoys gun rights more than New York, more than New York state, " said gun rights supporter Steve Brown.
Justice Clarence Thomas made a statement for the majority saying the Constitution protects “an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”
President Joe Biden said in a statement he was “deeply disappointed” by the Supreme Court ruling.