Opinion: The Supreme Court Has Expanded Gun Rights

Daniella Cressman

I was so hopeful that gun access would be more regulated after the landmark legislation.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court has now expanded gun rights...

"The Supreme Court on Thursday declared for the first time that the U.S. Constitution protects an individual's right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense, handing a landmark victory to gun rights advocates in a nation deeply divided over how to address firearms violence." —Andrew Chung and Lawrence Hurley

The justices struck down New York State's limits on carrying concealed handguns, saying it interfered with Americans' rights to "keep and bear arms."

"The 6-3 ruling, with the conservative justices in the majority and liberal justices in dissent, struck down New York state's limits on carrying concealed handguns outside the home. The court found that the law, enacted in 1913, violated a person's right to "keep and bear arms" under the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment." —Andrew Chung and Lawrence Hurley

Many fear this could lead to looser gun restrictions in other states during a time when mass shootings have occurred far too frequently.

"The ruling, authored by Justice Clarence Thomas, could undermine similar restrictions in other states and imperil other types of state and local firearms restrictions nationwide." —Andrew Chung and Lawrence Hurley

Guns—and gun control—have long been a contentious issue in the United States of America: too many, these weapons symbolize freedom, independence, and rebellion.

While there are certain activities that guns can be used for safely, such as target shooting and hunting, the widespread shootings have led to a lot of Americans' deep concern that too many people—who are too young—can get their hands on a gun and kill a crowd of innocent civilians who have done absolutely nothing wrong.

Honestly, in my view, there is a lot of corruption within the hunting industry and many target-shooting organizations, but at least people aren't killing each other.

That being said, I strongly oppose this decision by the Supreme Court and feel that there needs to be more restrictions in light of recent events.

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Albuquerque, NM

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