New Yorkers slam High Court gun decision ‘stupid’, Republicans celebrate
NEW YORK: From the streets of New York to the aisles of Congress, Americans expressed both displeasure and joy at the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday to repeal a gun law, reflecting the country’s bitter division.
The 6-3 court decision struck down a more than a century-old New York law that required a person to prove they had a valid self-defense practice to obtain permission to carry a handgun outside the home. need, or have “reasonable reason”.
Several other states, including California, have similar laws and the court’s decision would restrict their ability to ban people from carrying guns in public.
New York Governor Cathy Hochul said the decision marked a “dark day,” while Big Apple Mayor Eric Adams said it could “open up an additional river feeding a sea of gun violence.”
“It’s stupid. It’s just stupid,” emergency room worker Sushmita Peters, 23, told AFP in Hunter Point in the Queens borough of New York.
“People look to those in power to feel secure. And when they are making these kind of decisions, you don’t feel anything like that.”
Nearby, 38-year-old Laurent Baud said the decision was particularly puzzling after the fatal mass shootings in Buffalo, New York and Uvalde, Texas.
“It’s a little worrying that more and more people may be carrying guns,” he said.
Christie, a 32-year-old security guard in Manhattan who declined to give her surname, said she feared it would bring about “higher crime in the area.”
“Honestly, people here are not mentally stable,” she told AFP.
New York officials lined up to condemn the decision, warning it would undermine public safety and pledging to introduce legislation to mitigate its effects.
Hochul, a Democrat, called it “absolutely shocking” and accused the six judges of acting “negligently” by the majority.
“We can ban speech — you can’t shout ‘fire’ in a crowded theater, but somehow the Second Amendment has no restrictions,” she said, citing the constitutional amendment guaranteeing Americans the right to bear arms. Referring to.
Adams, who was elected late last year on a platform to make New York City safer, said the ruling would “put New Yorkers at further risk of gun violence.”
Both he and Hochul vowed to review their options.
“We will work together to reduce the risks that this decision will take because we cannot allow New York to become the Wild West,” Adams said.
The court’s decision would curb the ability of other states, such as California, with laws such as New York, from enforcing them.
“This is a dangerous decision by a court bent on violating the rights of states to advance a radical ideological agenda and protect our citizens from being gunned down in our streets, schools and churches. Shameful,” tweeted California Governor Gavin Newsom.
Fellow Democrats in the federal government echoed those concerns.
Congressman Ro Khanna tweeted, “Make no mistake: this decision will put more people at risk of injury or death due to gun violence.”
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal described the Supreme Court as “out of touch with America” and facing a “legitimate crisis”.
Republicans praised the decision, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeting that the ruling “ensures the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves without unnecessary government interference.”
“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed,” Markwain Mullin said, citing the text of the Second Amendment.
The Second Amendment Foundation, which campaigns for gun rights, said it was “satisfied” by the “long-pending confirmation” that the right to own a weapon exists outside the home.
There was also some support in the streets of New York City, whose nine million residents are highly liberal.
“It’s a good idea. Self-defense, you can protect yourself. Anyone who knows you have a gun, they’ll be careful,” Sam, 75, who declined to give his surname, told AFP.
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