Twitter boasted a mass exodus of common sense in response to today’s Supreme Court decision to strike down a New York gun law that unconstitutionally restricted concealed carry permits. The 6-3 ruling decided the right to bear arms in self-defense was “not a second class right” and as such was fully protected by the Second Amendment.
The law in question contained a proper-cause restriction that forced concealed carry applicants to provide they had a compelling reason for obtaining a license.
Justice Clarence Thomas delivered the court’s opinion, stating: “In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense. We too agree, and now hold, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”
The court thereby directed the proper-cause requirement to be removed to accommodate New Yorkers’ Second Amendment rights. While citizens’ rights were accommodated in the decision, Second Amendment opponents’ feelings certainly were not. The outcry hit Twitter shortly after the court released the ruling.
Keith Olbermann, a sports commentator too far-left even for NBC and ESPN, came to the totally normal conclusion that “It has become necessary to dissolve the Supreme Court of the United States,” again reminding us all that the only answer to the polarized left when they don’t get their way is that the highest court in America is a fraud.
Other Democrats and talking heads also leveled accusation upon accusation at the court, with California Gov. Gavin Newsom saying the decision marks a “dark day in America” and MSNBC analyst Glenn Kirschner denouncing the court as being “determined to make American [sic] the most deadly, the most dangerous and the most inhospitable place on earth.”
“The Supreme Court just said anyone can carry a concealed gun, anywhere, anytime. Don’t spend your money here. Your life is at risk the second you deplane. Literally STAY OUT OF THE USA,” blue checkmark Nicole Sandler tweeted. Sandler shortly afterward made her account private until “trolls” use their “SCOTUS-given gun rights to kill themselves.”
Former U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara tweeted, “SCOTUS read neither the room nor the Constitution correctly.”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted, “Based on a deeply flawed constitutional methodology, a right-wing majority on the United States Supreme Court has just said that states can no longer decide for themselves how best to limit the proliferation of firearms in the public sphere.”
Another governor, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, professed her apparent desire to go back to the 18th century, commenting, “I would like to point out to the Supreme Court justices, that the only weapons at that time were muskets. I’m prepared to go back to muskets.”
“Star Trek” actor George Takei showed his inability to understand the difference between self-defense and child murder, tweeting “So let me get this straight. A state has the right to restrict abortions, but doesn’t have the right to restrict firearms? Is that what we have now in these ‘United’ States?”
Today marks a significant victory for the Second Amendment and the left knows it. But what they fail to understand is that the issue is not merely along party lines — it is the legitimacy of all rights protected by the Constitution. Rights to weapons and self-defense are often the first to fold under regimes but they are never the last.
With arguments no less strong than their statements are accurate, leftists’ rabid contempt for the court marks their refusal to tolerate the basic tenants of a free society. They want to control freedoms, not preserve them.
And the court just said no.
Beth Whitehead is an intern at The Federalist and a journalism major at Patrick Henry College where she fondly excuses the excess amount of coffee she drinks as an occupational hazard.
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