Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Judge to judge in gun case with American RAW from mass shooting

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — With the mass shootings in TexasNew York and california Fresh in the minds of Americans, Supreme Court will soon issue its biggest cannon decision In more than a decade, it was expected to make it easier to carry guns in public in some of the largest cities.

Opinion of a leaked draft in an already uncomfortable spotlight Judges also face a possible backlash from the gun case, which would nullify the nationwide right to abortion of Roe v. Wade. In both cases the court may issue a ruling that the election would be unpopular with the majority of the people in the United States.

“I think the court is going into unknown waters. I can’t remember the last time the Supreme Court ruled in so many cases that there was likely a strong political backlash,” said UCLA law professor Adam Winkler. Said, court and gun policy expert.

Winkler predicted that the recent shootings would do nothing to change the outcome in the gunslinger case, where the court’s conservative majority is expected to overturn New York gun law. “Pro-gun justices are pro-guns,” he said, adding that it is unlikely that the recent mass shootings have done anything to change that.

Decisions in both the abortion and gun cases are expected to be issued sometime next month, before the justices take their summer break.

The reaction to the decisions may add to the criticism the court has faced recently over the revelation that conservative political activist Virginia “Ginny” Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, urged the White House. and Republican politicians in Arizona To work to reverse Joe Biden’s presidential victory and keep Trump in office.

A survey released this week Public acceptance of the court has dropped to 44%, down from 54% in March. The vote was taken after the leak of a draft abortion verdict, which has sparked protests and round-the-clock security Demonstrations in courts, in judges’ houses and worry about violence After the final decision of the court. A long security fence was put up by the court for weeks in anticipation of the abortion verdict.

In 2020, Associated Press VoteCast, a detailed poll of voters in the presidential election, said 69% of voters in the presidential election said the Supreme Court should drop the Roe v. Wade decision, while 29% said the court should overturn the decision.

In a leaked judgment overturning Row, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that the court should not be influenced by public opinion. “We don’t pretend to know how our political system or society will react to today’s decisions. … and even if we can foresee what will happen, we have that knowledge.” Will have no right to influence our decision,” he wrote.

Still, judges do not live in a bubble, and New York University scholar Barry Friedman has argued that court decisions are not too far out of step with public opinion.

“You know we don’t have an army. We don’t have any money. The only way we can get people to do what we think they should do is because people respect us,” Justice Elena Kagan said in 2018.

Eric Tirschwell, legal director of Everytown for Gun Safety, said, “It’s hard not to think that what’s happening in the country has some degree of impact” on how judges go about their work. He said the recent violence underscores that “interpreting the Second Amendment is not an abstract exercise. It has consequences for life or death.”

According to Associated Press VoteCast, nearly half of voters in the 2020 presidential election said gun laws in the US should be made stricter. An additional one-third said gun laws should be kept as they are, while 1 in 10 said gun laws should be less strict.

The gun case the court is considering involves a New York law that makes it difficult for people to get permission to carry a gun outside their home. To do this, a person must show a special requirement to carry a weapon.

When the matter was debated in November, it seemed from the judges’ questions as if the judges were prepared to consider the law too restrictive. Similar laws exist in California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island, and the Biden administration has said those states could be affected by a ruling against New York. Opponents have said there could be more guns on the streets and more consequent violence.

Since the court heard arguments in the case, there have been 16 shootings in which four or more people were killed, according to The Associated Press/USA Today/Northeastern University Mass Killing Database. The database said 94 people were killed and 45 injured in those shootings in Buffalo and Texas, including 31 adults and children.

One of the two conservative judges, Thomas or Amy Connie Barrett, is probably writing the gun opinion, based on the common practice of the court hearing court cases to give each justice at least one opinion each month. Neither of the two has yet written off the cases heard in early November.

No matter how the court decides the New York case, other gun rights disputes are already in or near court. Judges have been asked to hear cases challenging limits on ammunition magazine capacity in New Jersey and california as well as a challenge to Maryland’s ban on assault weapons.,

Earlier this month, a federal appeals court overturned California’s ban. On the sale of semiautomatic weapons to adults under the age of 21, holding it is a violation of the Second Amendment. That matter can also go to court.


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