Liberals are melting down on Twitter over the Supreme Court’s decision in a major case involving the Second Amendment.
On Thursday, the court released its opinion in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen case, which struck down New York’s restrictive law, arguing that it violates the Second and Fourth Amendments.
The decision triggered an avalanche of fury as liberals took to Twitter to blast the Supreme Court and suggest that it should be dissolved.
Liberal commentator Keith Olberman wrote, “It has become necessary to dissolve the Supreme Court of the United States.”
“The first step is for a state the ‘court’ has now forced guns upon, to ignore this ruling. Great. You’re a court? Why and how do think you can enforce your rulings?” he suggested.
It has become necessary to dissolve the Supreme Court of the United States.— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) June 23, 2022
The first step is for a state the "court" has now forced guns upon, to ignore this ruling.
Great. You're a court? Why and how do think you can enforce your rulings?#IgnoreTheCourt
Vice President Kamala Harris claimed the ruling “defies common sense and the Constitution of the United States.”
Kamala Harris says that the Supreme Court's Second Amendment decision today "defies common sense and the Constitution." pic.twitter.com/wm9Ox2vOXZ— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) June 23, 2022
Check out more of the freak out below:
As you watch the Supreme Court today undermine some rights (Miranda!) while expanding others (guns!), don’t forget that it doesn’t have to be this way. Dems control the White House & both branches of Congress for a few months more & could un-pack/re-balance this GOP-packed court.— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) June 23, 2022
It is outrageous that at a moment of national reckoning on gun violence, the Supreme Court has recklessly struck down a New York law that limits those who can carry concealed weapons.— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) June 23, 2022
This Supreme Court really sucks.— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) June 23, 2022
Gonna be very weird if Supreme Court ends a constitutional right to obtain an abortion next week, saying it should be left to the States to decide, right after it just imposed a constitutional right to concealed carry of firearms, saying it cannot be left to the States to decide— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) June 23, 2022
How tone-deaf to America’s very real gun violence epidemic can the majority in the Supreme Court be?— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) June 23, 2022
This is a disgrace.
just ignore the supreme court, what are they gonna do, send Alito to enforce their rulings lol— Emma Berquist (@eeberquist) June 23, 2022
The GOP has been working for years to buy a conservative-majority Supreme Court. Their plan has been transparent and it's working as we are witnessing the dangerous consequences today.— Alessandra Biaggi (@Biaggi4NY) June 23, 2022
Democrats can no longer be resistant to using their fullest power. Expand the Supreme Court.
The case centers around New York’s law that required residents to show “proper cause” to obtain a concealed carry permit.
But Justice Clarence Thomas noted in the majority opinion, “No New York statute defines ‘proper cause.’ But New York courts have held that an applicant shows proper cause only if he can ‘demonstrate a special need for self-protection
distinguishable from that of the general community.'”
New York’s law was ridiculously ambiguous and gave judges too much discretion when it came to deciding whether or not an individual could carry their handgun concealed outside of their home.
In one county, a judge could give someone a concealed carry permit immediately when they get their pistol permit, while in the neighboring county, a judge could simply decide that they would not give out a concealed carry permit except in very specific situations.
Some Twitter users argued that the court is “tone-deaf” or didn’t read the room as they noted the recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. However, the job of the Supreme Court is not to let public opinion affect its decisions about what the Constitution says. Its job is to look at the laws and determine whether they are Constitutional or not.
And despite the concerns, it’s worth noting that 43 states have laws much less restrictive than New York’s, and they are not like the Wild West.
The answer is not to ignore the ruling or pack or “dissolve” the court — whatever that means — that would just wipe out the court’s legitimacy and probably lead to a cycle of Republicans and Democrats trying to increase the number of justices on the court to overturn decisions they don’t like.