A supreme threat of gun violence

A supreme threat of gun violence

FILE – In this June 30, 2020, file photo the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington. President Donald Trump didn’t have to look very far for one of the contenders on his short list to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court: he’s been considering one of his own lawyers. Kate Comerford Todd is a deputy White House counsel, helping navigate Trump’s White House through a thicket of legal issues. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File) On Nov. 3, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the most significant firearms case in more than a decade. And it looks like it will rule in a way that ensures more deaths due to gun violence. In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, an NRA affiliate, is trying to get the court to rule that a New York state law requiring people to get a license to carry a gun in public violates the Second Amendment. The court’s conservative majority seemed inclined to deny most restrictions. Asked Justice Brett Kavanaugh, “Why isn’t it good enough to say ‘I live in a violent area and I want to defend myself?’” Currently, to get a license to carry in New York state, people must demonstrate a special need to defend themselves, such as being the target of recurring threats. But data shows that allowing people to carry guns in public with few restrictions is unsafe. Gun crimes and deaths increase dramatically. […]

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