Why the Bruen 2nd Amendment Ruling Has Progressives Tied in an Angry Knots ~ VIDEO

Opinion by Alan J. Chwick & Joanne D. Eisen

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New York – -(AmmoLand.com)- History shows us that the government’s goal is to disarm its citizens.

“Common sense” gun laws touted by our progressive Democrats continue to aim us towards that disarmament. But the recent United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision on NYSPRA v. Bruen reaffirms that our Constitution codifies the natural Right of self-defense, making the government’s goal of civilian disarmament virtually impossible to reach. They are pulling out their hair and straining to find loopholes and go-arounds.

Historically, we have gained new firearm-owning friends, so, to those 13+M new friends, we say HELLO and WELCOME ABOARD! You have made a thoughtful and courageous decision to opt-in for self-defense. In so doing, you joined your strengths with ours in the cause of SAFETY. And you understand that self-defense and the Second Amendment are intimately intertwined with FREEDOM.

Our new firearm friends, about 13,800,000, purchased their first guns during 2020 (8.4M) and 2021 (5.4M), per the NSSF. The main reason was home defense, and the second reason was self-defense. They instinctively understood that firearms would improve their odds of survival in this increasingly violent society, so they thoughtfully chose to arm themselves. Our new friends grabbed personal control back from our rogue government.

On June 23, 2022, SCOTUS struck down the remnants of New York State’s “May Issue” portion of the 1911 Sullivan Law, so now the ‘May Issue’ jurisdictions in the entire country must switch to ‘Shall Issue.’ Now, the ‘May Issue’ states must stop demanding a ‘proof of need’ for self-defense greater than an average person’s need.

Justice Thomas doubled down on the 2A Right to self-defense in the 6-3 decision, and Justice Alito’s decision concurred, “the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding people to carry a gun outside the home for self-defense and … the Sullivan Law, which makes self-defense with a firearm virtually impossible for most New Yorkers, is unconstitutional.”

Justice Breyer, in his dissent, said that “government interests” in public safety might be “compelling” and that the Court should “consider the serious dangers and consequences of gun violence.” Breyer was concerned with “gun violence,” but he thinks that government can heavily regulate civilian-owned firearms without harming the Second Amendment. But, Breyer seems to have tunnel vision. In New York State and several other states, the heavy government regulations made it nearly impossible to defend oneself and family legally. And their regulations do not ‘control’ criminals.

We American firearms owners will not voluntarily disarm because we fully understand that the presence of defensive guns in society far outweighs the negatives.

We are not afraid of our firearms, we respect them, and we believe the attempts to disarm us are counterproductive. The government’s agenda includes the use of fear, and it harms the Constitution and needlessly divides Americans. At the very least, those failed attempts to create a huge black market for weapons.

For a moment, let’s ignore our Constitution and ask a critical question, “How can we know if firearms are a benefit or a negative in our society?”

One way to find this out is to know the number of defensive gun uses (DGUs) in the population annually. If DGUs are on the high side, it becomes obvious that civilian gun ownership benefits society.

If DGUs are lower, the number of accidents and criminal gun use appears to be greater. People would not want firearms around because they can be dangerous. For example, your child might come across Hunter Biden’s discarded gun in a trash can and not know how to handle it. And folks might begin to think that any gun was a danger to them and family.

The way to find out about DGUs is to survey the public, but many DGUs go unreported. And there are many ways to manipulate data. Do people tell the truth on the phone to a stranger? Can the political leanings of the researchers skew the data? There are many problems with surveys and studies and wide variations in the outcomes.

When Gary Kleck and Marc Gertz published their landmark DGU survey, Armed Resistance to Crime, in 1996, showing that DGUs occurred in the millions, progressives had a hissy fit. Kleck was not a conservative pro-gun researcher, and his conclusion surprised him (see Kates et al., Guns and Public Health: Epidemic of Violence or Pandemic of Propaganda).

David Kopel wrote a short article describing the scientific controversies and academic battles because of the great disagreement between researchers’ differing findings. There is a very interesting discussion about the hidden Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reports and data on this topic, too.

Kopel noted that “People who cannot abide the idea that DGU is common … point to a survey that does not ask about DGU.” And he concludes, “Gun-control proponents simply don’t want the truth to be known…”

All of this means is that we know that our political enemies are freely willing to lie to strengthen their narrative of dangerous guns and crazed gun owners, and they have done so for decades. For additional information about those CDC reports and data, see Dave Hardy’s article, Why Did the CDC Bury Data On Self Defense Usage?

So far, WE HAVE WON A BATTLE, but the war isn’t over.

States like New York will try to create loopholes and hoops to jump through that will try to limit the amount of Concealed Carry Licenses issued. One main area to this end is to use the ‘Sensitive Place’ concept to create as many sensitive areas as possible, making it nearly impossible to carry a weapon.

In response to questions during the case hearing, Justice Thomas resisted the idea that New York State could declare Manhattan to be a ‘sensitive place,’ an alternate name for ‘gun-free zone,’ “simply because it is crowded and protected generally by the New York City Police Department.”

According to the decision, jurisdictions could not replace the now less-restrictive law by declaring ‘gun-free zones,’ where only criminals would have weapons.

In other words, localities may not casually impede the act of self-defense by banning guns in the very places where they might be needed. What is the practical outcome of Gun Free Zone laws? Crime victims up, self-defense gun uses down. Check out John Lott, Jr’s article.

But guess what the progressives in New York State did?

The current NY Governor Kathy Hochul quickly signed into law a foolishly strong countermove to the SCOTUS ruling. People will get their licenses but face the huge gun-free zone of Times Square in Manhattan. In addition, there will be an exhaustive list of gun-free zones in the state, including all theaters and restaurants, all schools, including nursery schools, all ‘places of worship,’ all public transportation including taxis, all government locations, hospitals, libraries, playgrounds, parks and zoos, and much more.

The effect of this is that New York State becomes a schizophrenic checkerboard of spaces, so it will be virtually impossible to stay legal if you carry when you leave home. The angered gun control mob in NYS will continue to use their power to unjustly make criminals of the law-abiding while ignoring the violent offenders who safely damage the fabric of our society.

Gov. Hochul says she signed the law in order “to keep New Yorkers safe.” Now, SAFE FROM WHAT? The lawful or the lawless! No kidding, folks, these people can’t stop lying! For the millions of new firearm owners unfamiliar with progressive lies, please see John Lott’s research and his article, Gun Free Zones Increase Danger for the Public.

And other states are reviewing what New York State did and will follow suit to some degree.

By the way, we do not agree with the concept of ‘weapons-free zones’ even though generations of courts have decided that they may exist. We think they are counter-productive and unsafe. We think gun-free zones exist only in theory – because criminals ignore them.

We predict that there will be at least a decade of battles in various Courts over this obvious SCOTUS ruling.

We American firearms owners will not voluntarily disarm because we understand that the presence of defensive firearms in our possession far outweighs the negatives. We know that, in part, because of the high numbers of DGUs.

It’s comfortable to know that we are on the side of truth.

It truly pays to read the SCOTUS Ruling


About The Authors

Alan J Chwick has been involved with firearms much of his life and is the Retired Managing Coach of the Freeport NY Junior Marksmanship Club. He has escaped New York State to South Carolina and is an SC FFL Dealer & Gunsmith (Everything22andMore.com). [email protected] | Twitter/TruthSocial: @E22andMore

Joanne D Eisen, DDS (Ret.) practiced dentistry on Long Island, NY. She has collaborated and written on firearm politics for the past 40+ years. She, too, escaped New York State, but to Virginia. [email protected]

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Yote Hunter

The Demoncrats are so hell bent on gaining more power and control that they even change the rules if necessary to pursue their rabid agenda. Congress is now so polarized the people have to FEAR anything it passes.

They have no shame attacking even the Bill of Rights that are the very bedrock of our Constitution.

Vote ’em out EVERYWHERE! Make association with their party of HATE a liability. Until the inmates quit running the asylum, we can expect more of the same.

Wass

The SCOTUS ruling in Bruen elicits fits among the Left, because they realize that undoing it requires abolishing the Second Amendment, a heavy, if not impossible, lift legislatively.

Rowboat

I still think a sign saying “ armed citizens and employees on premises “ would be a much better deterrent than “ Gun free Zone “, since 94% of mass shootings happen there.

Pierre

Think First Preventer not First Responder…

Ledesma

Americans have been obedient to one asinine gun law after the other for the last 30 years. And often, armed citizens are used as social kicking bags. Except now. the opposition is gonna do a little complying. Because if not, millions of “gun nuts” armed with “weapons of war ” are gonna be mighty disappointed.

hippybiker

A better estimate is about 90 years or, better!

WeWereWarned

The hippy biker is correct, that it has been going on since 1934. The saving grace is us older millennials, and the fact the older folks can’t hide from the damage they allowed to the Constitutional Republic out of greed and using religion to force the dominant culture to assimilate down to the third world. We were warned by the Founders not to do that and the not so great and boomers said hold my beer and elevated the government over us Citizens. It was the older folks, especially the conservatives who made it to where a socialist enforcer can… Read more »

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Ledesma

Frankly, the gun free zone may be the pride of Liberaldom. The special place that proves to the world that getting shot, might not be so bad after all.

WeWereWarned

Gun free zone, the special place that proves good people have to be endangered by the government, so they don’t get called racist for saying all cultures are not equal.
I did antipoaching and anticarjacking operations in Africa. Africa is a resource rich and beautiful place, but it is a horrible dangerous place because it is full of Africans.
The diverse and failed version of South Africa, is what both parties have in store for us Native American Whites here.

john

Who are our american heroes? Well first let’s thank those mothers and fathers who continue to raise the children to understand the meaning of respect and instill the values that have made our country the envy of the world. Every person who wakes up goes to work, those who everyday lead honest lives while moving forward in a positive way. Their are so many everyday heroes that go unnoticed. That is what makes our country the best place to live in the world the collective good that Americans as a whole do. What generations have fought for restoring the freedoms… Read more »

Arny

Nope they have spent TRILLIONS.

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Arny

SECURE ELECTIONS

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Patriot Solutions

I enjoyed the latitude Justice Thomas incorporated into the opinion and it’s easy to pick out the parts some of the other justices gave him to put in there for anybody who had read their previous opinions and statements over the years.

Really happy to see states and ATF adjusting their rules accordingly. /s/

Well, back to what I was doing fish don’t climb up in the freezer by themselves. My violent extremism knows no bounds.

Last edited 5 days ago by Patriot Solutions