‘Dark day,’ ‘outrageous’ and ‘stupid’ move that risks turning New York into the ‘Wild West’: Leaders and residents of the state with some of the toughest gun laws in the United States have deplored Thursday’s ruling by the Supreme Court. Court enshrines the right of Americans to leave their homes with weapons.
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The nation’s highest court has overturned ‘restrictions’ on carrying guns under New York state law, even as America faces a rise in crime in major cities and a frightening series of mass killings, including two in May in Buffalo (10 Americans from African-Americans killed) and at a Texas school (21 dead, including 19 children).
Sushmita Peters, a New Yorker from famous Queens, exclaims that she fears new massacres at “school or hospital”:
This 23-year-old employee thinks: “From now on, we can’t trust anyone.”
As soon as the shocking announcement of the Washington Supreme Court ruling, Kathy Hochhol, the Democratic governor of New York State (fourth in the country, 20 million residents) denounced the “outrageous, totally outrageous” decision that “takes away our rights to enjoy reasonable restrictions” on firearms.
“I am sorry that this dark day has come,” he added, The Chosen One.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a cultural mosaic with deep economic inequalities of up to nine million residents, voiced concerns that the Supreme Court’s case law could fuel “a wave of violence with fire.”
This powerful African-American city councilman, a former police captain who has made combating gun violence the backbone of his state, promised to “cooperate to reduce the risks created by this resolution.”
“Because we can’t let New York turn into the Wild West,” he said.
Ms. Hochhol also attacked the lack of “Limitations on the Second Amendment” to the US Constitution, referring to the 1791 clause that has protected in the United States for more than 200 years the right to own a firearm.
The governor recently attacked conservative justices on the Washington Supreme Court on Twitter, accusing them of acting in a “reckless” manner. She promised to “protect New Yorkers from gun violence.”
Her fellow New York state judge, diligent Attorney General Letitia James, called the Supreme Court’s ruling “incredibly disappointing” and vowed to “defend the constitutionality of state laws.”
The Supreme Court decision relates to New York law that since 1913 has limited the issuance of concealed weapons permits to persons who have reason to believe they may have to defend themselves, for example because of their profession or threats against them.
This legislation has been challenged in court by two gun owners, who have been denied licenses, and an affiliate of the National Strong Rifle Association (NRA), which campaigns for a literal reading of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
In an AFP interview, New Yorkers expressed “concern” that “more and more people might be carrying guns.”
Like Laurent Budd, a 38-year-old businessman, he found that “people have been very comfortable in recent years, because the city has been so safe,” after the 1970-1980 decades of extreme violence.
“But it’s still New York and I think we still need to be careful,” he breathes.
Mohamed, who did not want to reveal his last name, is a 38-year-old Kuwaiti artist, 20 of which is in New York: he criticizes a “terrible” stop and says he fears for his “children at school”.
Only Sam, a 75-year-old white man, thinks “it’s a good idea, self-defense, because when someone knows you have a gun, they act with caution.”
As they have always stood, the Republican Party’s elected representatives have also praised the Supreme Court’s ruling: Their House Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, tweeted that the ruling “ensures Americans’ right to abide by the law.” People to protect themselves without interference from the federal government.
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