In a new ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a New York State law that limited access to guns. The New York law requires that people seeking to carry a handgun outside their homes must obtain a permit and show “proper cause.” There are similar laws in California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

To those who claimed in 2016 that it didn’t matter if Trump was elected, this is what Trump’s three appointees to the Supreme Court have done: required Maine to pay for discriminatory born-again religious schools; overturned gun controls in New York; and will probably overturn Roe v Wade in the next few days. Elections have consequences. The lesser of two evils is always preferable to Pure Evil. A candidate who is good but not perfect is preferable to one who is ignorant and bigoted.

The Washington Post reports:

The Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans generally have a right to carry a handgun outside the home for self-defense and that a New York law requiring special need for such a permit is too restrictive.

The vote was 6 to 3, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing for the majority and the court’s three liberals in dissent.

“The Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” Thomas wrote, saying New York’s requirement of a specific need to carry a weapon violates that right.

“The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not ‘a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.’ ” Thomas wrote, referring to a previous Supreme Court ruling. “We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need.”

He was joined by the court’s conservatives: Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr., Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.

In dissent, Justice Stephen G. Breyer pointed to the nearly 300 mass shootings since January and to data showing that gun violence has surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of death among children and teens. The majority’s decision, he said, will make it more difficult for state lawmakers to take steps to limit the dangers of gun violence.
The Second Amendment allows states to “take account of the serious problems posed by gun violence,” wrote Breyer, who was joined by Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. He added: “Many States have tried to address some of the dangers of gun violence … by passing laws that limit, in various ways, who may purchase, carry, or use firearms of different kinds. The Court today severely burdens States’ efforts to do so.”

The party that claims to be “right to life” authorizes easier access to weapons of death. More people will die because this ruling. Under this court, the only protected class is the pre-born or the unborn. The born are in big trouble.