The Supreme Court is poised to radically expand the Second Amendment

The Supreme Court is poised to radically expand the Second Amendment

The United States is locked and loaded. This nation has more guns than people and, not surprisingly, an appalling level of gun violence. The gun homicide rate in the United States is nearly eight times higher than the rate in Canada, and a whopping 100 times higher than in Britain. This year is shaping up to be particularly horrific. As of July 10, the United States had recorded more than 23,200 deaths from firearms, counting both suicides and unlawful killings, according to the Washington, D.C.-based Gun Violence Archive . We also have had more than 340 mass shootings ( defined as an event involving four or more victims). In any sane democracy, one might expect the highest court in the land to step in and do something to uphold sensible gun-control regulations when given the opportunity. But in fact, our Supreme Court is poised to do just the opposite in a case it will hear next fall. The case is New York State Pistol Association v. Corlett . It was brought by two individuals and the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association to overturn a New York law that places strict limits on the issuance of concealed weapons permits. Under New York’s regulatory scheme, people seeking such permits are required to demonstrate a special need for protection—" proper cause " in the words of the statute—to qualify. The NRA contends the law violates the Second Amendment. It wants even more guns on our streets and in our communities. […]

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