What the Supreme Court’s Gun Ruling Means for New York

What the Supreme Court’s Gun Ruling Means for New York

You don’t need a law degree to notice the exasperation written into the various justices’ opinions in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., et al. v. Bruen

the big gun case that the Supreme Court decided on Thursday. In a 6–3 decision

the Court ruled that a specific New York State gun-control law is unconstitutional

But the implications of the case, as Stephen Breyer writes, in a dissent signed by the Court’s three liberal justices, are much broader

“The question before us concerns the extent to which the Second Amendment prevents democratically elected officials

from enacting laws to address the serious problem of gun violence

” Breyer writes. “And yet the Court today purports to answer that question without discussing the nature or severity of that problem.”

Breyer then rattles off some facts and figures. In the United States, there are more guns than there are people

Each year, gun-related incidents send about eighty-five thousand people to emergency rooms with nonfatal injuries

 each year, tens of thousands of people are killed by guns. And, while mass shootings have dominated the news

Breyer also points out an aspect of the gun-violence crisis that is often overlooked: suicide. In 2015, one per cent of gun deaths in America were accidents

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