Monday, July 4

The US Supreme Court extends the right to bear arms in the country

The Supreme Court of the United States, with a conservative majority, has extended this Thursday the right to bear arms in the country by overturning a law in the state of New York that prohibited carrying weapons in public.

The ruling has obtained the vote in favor of the six conservative judges of the court and the rejection of the three progressives. The magistrates have pointed out that the court’s decision “can have lethal consequences.” The ruling may have implications in seven other states with similar laws including California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

The ruling comes at the height of the national debate on the possession of weapons in the country, enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, after the recent mass shootings that ended the lives of 12 adults and 19 children.

On May 24, the 18-year-old identified as Salvador Ramos broke into a primary school in Uvalde, in Texas, with a legally purchased rifle and killed 19 children and two teachers. Just ten days earlier, on May 14, a white man committed a racist crime when he armed himself in a supermarket in a majority black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, killing ten people.

Democrats advocate banning assault rifle sales and background checks on gun buyers, while Republicans oppose it, saying shootings should be addressed as a mental health issue.

Joe Biden expresses disappointment over ruling

US President Joe Biden has said he is “deeply disappointed” by the Supreme Court’s ruling, for contradicting both “common sense and the Constitution.” “It should bother us all deeply,” the president said in a statement distributed by the White House.

Biden has considered that after the shootings in the United States in May, the country should be doing more, not less, to protect society from armed violence.

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