Commentary: We’re facing a supreme threat of gun violence

Commentary: We’re facing a supreme threat of gun violence

On Nov. 3, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the most significant firearms case in more than a decade. And it looks like the court 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?’ ” And Justice Samuel Alito wondered why only “celebrities, state judges and retired police officers” are allowed to carry concealed guns. 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. Six other states, with about one-quarter of the U.S. population, have laws like New York’s , and many cities do as well. If the Supreme Court rules against licensing laws like New York’s, then anyone who legally owns a gun might be able to carry it in public. But data show that allowing people to carry guns in public with few restrictions is unsafe. Gun crimes and deaths increase dramatically. Stanford gun violence researcher John Donohue found that […]

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