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Journalists expressed heightened levels of anxiety after a recent Supreme Court ruling gave New York state residents greater access to obtaining concealed carry firearms permits.
Various reporters and liberal media commentators remarked that the decision “is a major one for New York,” proof that the Supreme Court “fears” and means the court will have contributed to future mass shootings in the country.
Fox News reported that the Supreme Court ruled Thursday against New York state’s gun regulations, which made it difficult to obtain a concealed carry permit. The court ruled that such regulations, which included a prospective licensee having to show “just cause” for applying for a license at the discretion of New York officials, were unconstitutionally restrictive.
In his opinion on the ruling, Judge Clarence Thomas said: “We also agree, and now argue, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a firearm. fist to defend yourself outside the house.”
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He explained that “because New York State only issues public transportation licenses when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the state’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.”
“It’s such a middle finger for New York,” Whoopi Goldberg said during Thursday’s episode of ABC’s The View, which aired just after the decision was announced.
Atlantic writer and MSNBC contributor Molly Jong-Fast tweeted, “This Supreme Court really sucks.”
Opinion writer for the progressive activist newspaper Occupy Democrats, David Weissman, commented on the decision, tweeting: “Blood will be on the Supreme Court’s hands.”
Pod Save America progressive podcast co-host Dan Pfeiffer sarcastic tweeted about the decision, “Right-wing Supreme Court majority appointed by two presidents who lost popular vote enshrine retrograde policies opposed by the vast majority of Americans.”
MSNBC contributor Dean Obeidallah lamented via tweet, “This GOP 6-3 Supreme Court is no longer a ‘court’ – it’s simply an extension of the GOP political apparatus.”
“SCOTUS makes us all less safe; requiring a firearms license in New York is unconstitutional,” MSNBC legal analyst Joyce Alene tweeted.
MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes blasted the decision, tweeting, “I’m sorry, but the idea that the constitution *requires* universal concealed carry is just plain insane.”
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“As you watch the Supreme Court today undermine some rights (Miranda!) while expanding others (guns!), remember that it doesn’t have to be that way. The Democrats control the White House and both branches of Congress for a few more months and could unpack/rebalance this GOP-filled playing field,” wrote Mehdi Hasan, another MSNBC host.
Nation’s Justice correspondent and MSNBC contributor Elie Mystal posted a dramatic tweet, writing, “That’s all for today. Tune in [checks notes] tomorrow for more opinions. I am going to throw up.”
Political strategist and co-host of The View, Ana Navarro, called the decision a “disgrace” on Twitter, writing: “How deaf can the majority on the Supreme Court be to the very real epidemic of gun violence in the USA ? It’s a shame.
Mother Jones editor Clara Jeffery wrote “Just here to say that no matter what, it’s obviously NUTS for Thomas to write opinions when his wife tried to overthrow the US government. acts to undermine 100 years of reasonable gun restrictions, ESPECIALLY NUTS.”
NBC News contributor and former senior Obama adviser Ben Rhodes called the Supreme Court an “extremist court”, tweeting: “An extremist majority appointed by presidents who lost the popular vote telling states they can’t protect the right to vote, the right to choose, the climate, or children from gun violence Not exactly conservative.
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And during an ABC News special on ABC News Live, lively ABC News senior correspondent Terry Moran said people are worried about free guns. “There’s been a lot of talk about ‘What about statements about football? What about taverns where people drink?'” he told the presenter. ABC, David Muir.