'A middle finger to New York': 'The View' co-hosts offer stinging assessment of SCOTUS gun rights ruling
The ladies of "The View" kicked off today's show with a discussion about the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to overturn a controversial law in the state of New York that required individuals to provide “proper cause” to obtain concealed carry permits. In wake of the nationwide, legislative controversy surrounding gun control and the need for stricter laws, the "The View" hosts offered their take on the ruling.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg began the discussion with a quick overview of the court's ruling as the other ladies also shared their opinions. “Now people are still processing all of this," Goldberg said. "The implications, we don’t know really what it actually means, but, you know, given everything New York City is going through, it seems — I don’t even have the words. It seems –”
“Stupid?” co-host Ana Navarro interjected.
“No. It’s worse than that. It’s worse than that. It’s not even stupid,” Goldberg said.
“It’s insane,” said Joy Behar.
“It’s a death wish of sorts,” said another co-host who was off-screen.
\u201cSCOTUS DECISION LOOSENS U.S. GUN LAWS? Two days after the Senate voted to advance bipartisan anti-gun violence legislation, the Supreme Court struck down a New York law regulating concealed guns in public \u2013 #TheView questions if the bill does enough in the wake of the decision.\u201d— The View (@The View) 1656004535
Goldberg continued, "No. It’s so — it’s such a middle finger to New York. It’s a middle finger to New York because, you know, we have been trying to figure out how to get a handle on all that has been going on in this city in particular with gun laws, and it makes you wonder, what does this mean? Are we saying to people yes, you can come to the city and conceal your weapon, and now the police have to figure out who is carrying and who’s not and who’s legal to carry?”
“I mean, it’s insane,” Goldberg concluded.
Co-host Sunny Hostin also chimed in to point out another important detail about the ruling. She emphasized how it “doesn’t only apply to New York" adding that it is “a federal decision” and “it does expand the Second Amendment right as we know it.”
Referencing a precedent the Supreme Court set back in 2008 with Heller, Hostin explained how that “gave us the individual right to bear arms, something that people didn’t necessarily read into the constitution.”
“Now, Clarence Thomas writing for the supermajority 6 to 3 now writes, well, you can take that right outside of your home, and if you have the need — a self-defense need, and you say, I’m carrying this for self-defense, you can carry your gun anywhere, any place, any time, and I think that’s why people are sort of freaking out about that, right?” she concluded.
As footage of the discussion began circulating on social media, Twitter users also began sharing their reactions.
\u201cThe Democrats need to pack the Supreme Court if possible. The Republican judges are making bad decisions that are detrimental to society's well-being! The answer isn't a "good guy" with a gun, it's let's get all guns off the street! #TheView\u201d— Author A. L. Bryant (@Author A. L. Bryant) 1656000648
\u201c@TheView The NRA had help. Follow the money, their foreign benefactors.\u201d— The View (@The View) 1656000995
\u201c@TheView So we are the only country in the world that lets school children, concert and movie goers, grocery shoppers etc. die by guns and we expand the laws to allow conceal carry! This country has lost it\u2019s mind!\u201d— The View (@The View) 1656000995
\u201c@TheView I wonder when our government officials realize that people from other countries will NOT come to the USA because the chances of them & their families getting shot and killed here has just increased 10 fold!\u201d— The View (@The View) 1656000995
\u201c@TheView To all the people who voted for Trump, didn\u2019t vote at all, or voted for a third party candidate: The damage will go on for decades even under the best circumstances. This country is no longer safe for ANYONE!\u201d— The View (@The View) 1656000995
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