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Shots fired at a Dixie youth baseball game in North Charleston, South Carolina

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In New York State Rifles and Pistols Association vs. Bruen, the Supreme Court is weighing whether to strike down a 110-year-old New York state gun law on the grounds that restricting who can carry a concealed firearm in public is a violation of the rights of the New Yorkers’ Second Amendment. The Court established that the amendment conferred an individual right to bear arms in the home for self-defense with a 2008 ruling in Heller v. District of Columbia. He must now decide whether this right extends outside the home. Based on the pleadings in the case, it seems that Judge Samuel Alito has already made up his mind. He treated the question in question as an accepted premise. How, he asked, deny a concealed carry permit to someone who fears being assaulted on the subway “consistent with the fundamental right of self-defense, which is protected by the Second Amendment?”

The Second Amendment does not confer the individual right to bear arms in public. This notion is what the court’s conservatives are about to enshrine into law with this case. In contrast, there are 700 years of English and American case law behind the idea that local jurisdictions have the power to regulate guns in the public square, perhaps because humans realized somewhere along the way that to bad things happen when a lot of people are armed in Public. Generally speaking, you have more rights at home than in public, where your rights clash with those of others. In Alito’s vision for life in New York, various John Waynes would defend their subway cars, taking out bad guys and never passers-by, though in reality most people perform very poorly when using guns. fire in pressure situations, especially untrained civilians. If this state of affairs makes you feel less safe, you can get a gun. Your right to live as you see fit may have been violated, but now you have the freedom to live as others wish.

Gun theory is generally presented as the position of cold realism, but it does not survive long under the harsh conditions of real reality. Take this stunning footage from a Dixie Youth baseball game in North Charleston, South Carolina, which local station ABCNews 4 carried Monday:

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The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a third baseman with a gun. This is a reminder that there are times when you’re out in public and can’t have a hand on the gun strapped to your hip because you’re doing something else, like “playing baseball” or “being a kid. “. Perhaps a relative in the stands could have joined in the shootout, but again, there’s no indication that would provide any solution to the situation. The phenomenon of the good guy with a gun is a fantasy of the American mind that has nevertheless become the sum total of the responses of one of our two political parties to the problem of gun violence. The solution is always more guns, which appeals to gunmakers who want to sell more guns. They are ready to make a killing.

Meanwhile, the Democrats don’t have a viable solution either. States with more lax gun laws have higher rates of gun violence, and other countries with strict gun control regimes do much better than the United States. In 2020, 45,000 Americans died at gunpoint, the BBC reports, whether by homicide, suicide or accident. But the fact is, this country is awash with guns, 400 million of them, and the sheer scale of that has rendered most gun control proposals moot. It is, in simple terms, the country we made for ourselves. We voted for it, or at least let it fester, and the prospects for dismantling America’s gun culture – through widespread buy-back programs or otherwise – are virtually nil. We got ourselves a Wild West, and for many of us it seems to be very good and dandy. Perhaps we should embrace the inevitable judicial activism of Supreme Court conservatives and start adapting now. The new ritual when you leave your house is “phone-wallet-keys-handgun”. Leave the mask. It is a free country.

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