A ‘dark day’, an ‘outrageous’ and ‘stupid’ decision: New York embarrassed by a Supreme Court ruling that threatens to turn the city into a ‘Wild West’

The nation’s highest court struck down gun ‘restrictions’ under a New York state law, even as the United States grapples with rising crime in big cities and a terrifying spate of mass murders, including two in May in Buffalo (10 African Americans killed) and at a school in Texas (21 dead, including 19 children).

“It’s stupid, just stupid,” exclaims AFP Sushmita Peters, a New Yorker from the popular neighborhood of Queens who says she fears new massacres at “school or hospital.”

“From now on we can’t trust anyone”, thinks this 23-year-old employee.

Faced with the shocking announcement of the Supreme Court ruling in Washington, Kathy Hochul, Democratic Governor of the state of New York (fourth in the country, 20 million inhabitants) denounced a “scandalous, absolutely scandalous” decision that “eliminates our rights to enjoy sensible restrictions. in firearms

“I am sorry that this dark day has come,” added the chosen one.

“Wave of Violence”

For his part, Mayor Eric Adams of New York City, a deeply inequitable cultural mosaic of nine million souls, expressed fear that Supreme Court jurisprudence could fuel “a wave of gun violence “.

This tough African-American councilman, a former police captain who has made the fight against armed violence the backbone of his mandate, promised “cooperation to curb the risks generated by this decision.”

Because “we can’t let New York become the Wild West,” he said.

Ms. Hochul also attacked the absence of “second amendment limits” in the US Constitution, alluding to the 1791 provision that has protected the right to own a firearm in the United States for more than 200 years.

The governor finally lashed out on Twitter at the conservative justices of the Washington Supreme Court, accusing them of having acted “recklessly.” He promised to “protect New Yorkers from gun violence.”

Her colleague on the New York State Court, the very active Attorney General Letitia James, called the Supreme Court’s ruling “incredibly disappointing” and vowed to “uphold the constitutionality of state law.”

New York concerns

The Supreme Court ruling refers to a New York law that since 1913 has limited the issuance of concealed carry permits to people who have reason to believe they may have to defend themselves, for example because of their profession or threats against them. .

This legislation was being challenged in court by two gun owners, who had been denied licenses, and an affiliate of the powerful National Rifle Association (NRA), which campaigns for a literal reading of the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

Interviewed by AFP, New York residents are “concerned” that “more and more people may be carrying weapons.”

Like Laurent Baud, a 38-year-old businessman, who found that “people have been very comfortable in recent years because the city was very safe”, after the decades of great violence in 1970-1980.

“But it’s still New York and I think we still have to be careful,” he breathes.

Mohammed, who did not want to give his last name, is a 38-year-old Kuwaiti artist, including 20 years in New York: he lashes out at a “terrible” stop and says he fears for “his children at school.”

Only Sam, a 75-year-old white man, thinks “it’s a good idea, in self-defense, because when someone knows you’re carrying a gun, they behave carefully.”

Faithful to their position since always, the elected representatives of the Republican Party have also praised the decision of the Supreme Court: their boss in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, considered on Twitter that the sentence “guarantees the right of respectful Americans to law people to protect themselves without interference from the federal government.

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