The Second Amendment is America’s self-destruct button

The Second Amendment is America’s self-destruct button

RANDALL GOYA / CC BY-SA 2.0 Felix examines the United States’ approach to gun violence as the Supreme Court decides to review individuals’ rights to bear arms. The U.S Supreme Court recently decided to hear and review its first case on an individual’s right to bear arms since 2010. The litigation challenges a New York state law that requires residents to prove “proper cause” in order to obtain a pistol or a concealed carry permit. The challengers, supported by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA), claim this provision obstructs ordinary, lawful citizens from getting licensed. Unfortunately, considering the bench has a 6-3 conservative majority, the forecast decision is not one for the gun control agenda. If the Court rules in favor of the challengers, and individuals’ rights to bear arms are expanded, similar laws for permit issuance may be subject to review as well. The Court’s decision will ultimately set the tone for how America attempts to solve the issue of gun violence, possibly sowing the seeds of our own destruction. But perhaps this review is necessary given the recent shift in how constituents feel. Only 50% think reducing gun violence should be prioritized when enacting legislation, while 43% believe the right to own firearms should be the priority, a narrower margin compared to the respective 57% and 34% reported in 2018. This discrepancy of opinions, however, comes at a time when rates of gun violence have been unacceptably high . Curbing this violence must be […]

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