🇺🇸 2A Two-Ways
June 28, 2022

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Disapprove 58
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Disapprove 54
D 6/27: Gen. Congress Vote, NPR/PBS Marist Republicans 41,
Democrats 48

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Deadly Derailment, Griner in Court, Rudy's Attacker Released


US: Multiple deaths reported after Amtrak train traveling from LA derails in Missouri (ABC)

World: Brittney Griner appears in Russian courtroom, criminal trial date set (Fox News)

US: Rudy Giuliani's alleged attacker walks free after charges downgraded (NY Post)

World: At least 13 killed in Russian missile strike on shopping mall, Ukraine says (Reuters)

US: Gonzalez withdraws as Biden's ICE nominee (The Hill)

World: 22 Teenagers Found Dead Inside South African Bar. No One Knows How They Died (People)

US: House Democrats push Biden for abortion action: ‘We are not done fighting’ (NBC) + Where can women in red states get abortions? Democrats propose federal lands (Deseret News)

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GUNS

2A Two-Ways

Last week, Congress passed, and President Joe Biden signed, the most sweeping gun violence bill in decades. In a separate but related instance, the Supreme Court ruled that the constitution gives Americans the broad right to carry firearms in public.

Reporting from the LeftSupreme Court says Constitution protects right to carry a gun outside the home (CNN)

Reporting from the Right: Biden signs gun control bill in wake of deadly mass shootings: 'Lives will be saved' (Fox News)

From The Flag: The two-way 2A developments are somewhat at odds with one another as Americans and lawmakers struggle over how to handle gun rights. Here’s how both sides are reacting to the congressional bill and the SCOTUS ruling.

RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

SCOTUS Reinforces the Second Amendment


  • It’s absurd to suggest the Second Amendment doesn't extend outside the home, and SCOTUS was right to strike down New York’s restrictions.
  • The congressional bill is a positive step forward for sensible gun regulation, and it serves to benefit both political parties.
  • Justice Thomas used history to interpret the Constitution's text and reinforced the Second Amendment in the process.

“The Supreme Court's Decision Is a Huge Win for the Constitution” David Harsanyi, Real Clear Politics: “Surely no one really believes that ‘bearing arms" in the Second Amendment was meant to restrict gun ownership to the home. But New York's gun restrictions demand that a law-abiding citizen beg permission from government officials, and then overcome a slew of subjective and discretionary standards, before being able to exercise a constitutional right. There is no historical or legal support for such restrictions. They are plainly authoritarian. ‘We know of no other constitutional rights that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need,’ Justice Clarence Thomas noted in the majority opinion. ‘That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant's right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.’”

“A Sensible Senate Gun Deal” The Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal Opinion: “The bill covers three main areas: money for states to implement so-called red-flag laws and beef up mental-health services; money for enhanced school safety; and additional scrutiny of gun buyers who are under the age of 21 or domestic abusers, as well as enhanced penalties for purchasing a gun as a straw buyer or trafficking in guns. … The Senate compromise makes sense politically for both parties. Democrats can claim progress on the issue after decades of failure, while Republicans can point to their bipartisan cooperation and then focus on the economy and other issues in the fall campaign. The gun lobby and those who want to ban guns aren’t happy, but the bill preserves gun rights while trying to keep guns away from the dangerous. That’s a step forward.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: Justices Back the Second Amendment — and They Mean It The Editors, National Review

LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

SCOTUS Is Effectively Undermining Any Gun Regulation


  • Justice Thomas’ reliance on history in making this ruling is impractical because judges aren’t equipped to conduct the necessary research it demands.
  • The decision by SCOTUS is setting up blue states to have their stricter gun control measures be overturned.
  • The Court’s decision means we shouldn’t consider current circumstances when determining the constitutionality of gun control measures.

“The Supreme Court’s new gun ruling means virtually no gun regulation is safe” Ian Millhiser, Vox: “In reality, however, Thomas’s new test takes extraordinary liberties with the text of the Second Amendment, which explicitly states that the purpose of the right to bear arms is to protect service in a militia. And when it comes to ‘history,’ ‘the Court’s near-exclusive reliance on history is not only unnecessary, it is deeply impractical’ as Breyer chastises Thomas in dissent. That’s because judges are ill-equipped to conduct the kind of multi-century historical survey that Thomas’s new framework demands. Worse, Thomas announces that the government bears the burden of showing that any gun law ‘is consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.’ But if ‘tradition’ is so important, why must New York’s 100-year-old law fall? As a practical matter, moreover, that Thomas places the burden of proof on the government means many gun laws are likely to fall because, when the historical record is unclear, the government loses.

“The Supreme Court is ready to gut every blue state’s gun laws” Paul Waldman, The Washington Post Opinion: “Thomas explicitly nullifies the approach many appeals courts have taken, in which the practical impact of gun regulations is considered. In effect, he rules that the Constitution doesn’t care how many Americans are slaughtered with guns every day. The only consideration courts should employ, he suggests, is whether a contemporary gun regulation has a very similar historical analogue from the time of the nation’s founding. Thomas presents a parody of ‘originalism,’ an interpretive dance through history in which events, regulations, judicial rulings and the comments of historical figures are embraced as gospel or rejected as irrelevant, depending on whether they support the conclusion that people must be allowed to carry guns wherever they please. … In other words: If I decide a gun regulation in place today isn’t precisely the same as a regulation from the 18th century, that means today’s regulation is unconstitutional.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: The Supreme Court's deadly decision to take an originalist approach to gun control Jessica Levinson, MSNBC Opinion

FLAG THIS

Why Is America’s Gun Violence Problem So Hard?


According to a CBS News/YouGov poll, 44% of Republicans said that mass shootings are something we have to accept as part of a free society. (56% of Republicans said mass shootings could be prevented if we really tried.)

Alternatively, 72% of all Americans (regardless of party affiliation) said mass shootings could be prevented if we really tried, while only 28% said they were part of living in a free society.


Flag Poll: Do you believe gun reform can minimize mass shootings? Click here to share your thoughts.

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