Ethan Kessler: Look to lawmakers, not the courts

Ethan Kessler: Look to lawmakers, not the courts

Gun Rights

Despite attempts to remain out of the public spotlight and dodge partisan judgment best reserved for elected officials, the U.S. Supreme Court has cultivated quite a prominent (and romantic) image in the American imagination. Perhaps it is because of the countless TV shows and classic films such as “My Cousin Vinny,” in which the law is a backdrop for drama and the judge’s gavel an instrument of climax. Or perhaps we owe it to emotive portrayals of the high court as a force for good, as “The People vs. Larry Flynt” evokes. For whatever reason, the allure of a body so apolitical and professional in its composition, yet so absolute in its authority, has become inescapable. The latest Second Amendment case to land on the Supreme Court’s docket, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York, exemplifies this phenomenon. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association represents the latest battle between New York City gun owners, represented by the plaintiffs, and the city’s stringent controls over where they may keep their constitutionally-protected handguns. At stake, however, may be much more than the travel considerations of armed New Yorkers. Many predict a broader expansion of gun rights by the Supreme Court, in part because the court has not often heard cases concerning the Second Amendment. However, such speculation largely obscures more relevant gun issues that do not require a writ of certiorari to debate, namely the continuing plague of gun violence across the country. Supreme […]

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