Vice President Kamala Harris criticized the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down New York’s law that would tighten restrictions around being armed with a handgun in public.
The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down that citizens would be required to have “proper cause” the carry a handgun, which will now make it easier for millions of Americans to arm themselves in public.
“I do want to also mention that we — the President, myself, many of us — are deeply concerned and troubled by the Supreme Court’s ruling today. It, I believe, defies common sense and the Constitution of the United States,” said Harris on Thursday after the decision.
“I was in Buffalo. I attended one of the funerals. We have seen the massacre of 19 babies and their teachers in Uvalde. We can go on down the list about why it, yet again, is on the front pages, so to speak, of the concern of the American people about what we can and what we have a responsibility to do in terms of reasonable gun safety laws,” she continued.
“And it is for that reason that I believe that the Supreme Court’s decision today defies logic in terms of what we know we are capable of doing with reasonable gun safety laws to secure the safety and the wellbeing of the people of our nation,” she said.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the opinion for the decision, wherein he said that the law violated the Constitution. “We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need,” said Thomas. “It’s not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.”
President Biden also commented on the matter, stating “this ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all.”