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By Jeff Gross, for
On December 2nd,
2019, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) heard the New York City gun case. The
City of New York attempted to moot the case on July 22nd after SCOTUS gave a
Writ of Certiorari. That mootness was denied by SCOTUS. Argument date was set,
and SCOTUS stated to counsels: “be ready to discuss mootness”.
Now, after the December
2nd hearing all the major networks (Fox, CNN, MSNBC, NY Times, etc.) stated: “this
case is moot, or SCOTUS will likely declare this case moot”.
This writer says otherwise. The
major networks cherry-picked court statements to support the major networks
narratives. I listened to the case audio 19 times. The 20th time will be the
night before publication to finetune the article. I am convinced the court
will not declare the case moot.
justices were quiet, while the gun owners counsel spoke. The liberal
judges attempted to find a loophole to declare the case moot, stating to the gun
owners counsel that the gun owners received all the relief they asked
for. When the US Solicitor General spoke the liberals again looked for any
way to declare mootness. The conservative judges asked the SG opinions on
various mootness points. The SG stated the case is not moot. When the NYC counselor
spoke, the liberal justices were sympathetic towards him while conservative justices
hammered away at the non-committal way the counselor spoke. The conservative justices
appeared as if they did not trust his word. This same counselor appeared
to be rattled by the questions; often stuttering from stress. Further the NYC
counselor reluctantly indicated that people have a right to have firearms
outside the home.
Justice Breyer again
made it clear that he views the 2nd Amendment as to form a militia. He
went further stating outlandishly that at the time of the revolution ALL
firearms were stored in a central location in Massachusetts. That preposterous
statement is not true as 1) it would be a strategic error militarily speaking
and 2) moreso how would the colonists hunt for food and protect themselves from
Justice Sotomayer stated
that all the small details of this case (and there are many) need to be
relitigated in the lower courts. This thought of hers will drag the 2nd
Amendment issue out forever. The conservative justices appear ready to put the
2nd to rest.
I have every reason to
believe the conservative justices will at the least find in favor of the gun
owners and set up a springboard to the concealed carry issue. From the types of
questions conservative justice’s Alito and Gorsuch asked, they are looking to
clearly state the exact details on what rights the NYC gun owners
have. These exact details will be a threat to RI, MA, NY, CA and other 2nd
Amendment infringing states. Rhode Island legislators: you are on notice if I
am correct in my analysis and the major networks are wrong.
Back in little Rhody, the Governor has indicated that her major
disappointment in her tenure in office, so far, is that she failed to get a ban
on high-capacity magazines or military-style assault rifles or assault weapons. In an interview on NBC10 she
stated that “they” will be back this year – and next year – and how forever
long it takes until they win.
In an afternoon radio interview,
there were comments that this focus of the Governor was nothing but a
distraction, taking attention away from all the really important issues that
need to be addressed in the state.
Neither House Speaker
Mattiello, nor Senate President Ruggerio has commented on the Governor’s gun
priorities, but Speaker Mattiello, on the first night of the legislative
session said, “[Lawmakers] “must protect the public
from people who are not law-abiding citizens and who possess guns illegally; while
I strongly support Second Amendment rights, we need to get guns out of the
hands of those with mental illness, as well as those who do not follow the laws….we
will take a close look at adding provisions to our background check laws to
require police chiefs, in each community where the person attempting to
purchase a gun resides, to review applications.”
Mattiello also said they will consider banning 3-D printed guns and “ghost guns”, and he is “looking at the implementation of a statewide records-keeping and computer system that will integrate all of our police departments, including the state police…which will allow easy communication and the sharing of information among all of our state’s law enforcement.”
Some changes will undoubtedly go unopposed as they make sense for both sides. However, the tenor of the debate will be loud and visible wrapped in fear of opening the door too wide.
The yellow shirts are
being washed and pressed as I write.