US Supreme Court justices 'facilitated' racially motivated Florida shooting: law professor

US Supreme Court justices 'facilitated' racially motivated Florida shooting: law professor
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Image via U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr.

New York University law professor Melissa Murray suggested conservative United States Supreme Court justices played a role in the killing of three Black people at a Jacksonville, Florida Dollar General Saturday night.

During Sunday night's episode of The Mehdi Hasan Show, host Mehdi Hasan said, "Melissa, the shooting yesterday occurred during the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington, where multiple speakers called out the scourge of gun violence as a threat to all Americans, but particularly Black Americans. What was your reaction, as a Black American, hearing this horrific news out of Florida yesterday, of all days?"

Murray replied, "Well, Mehdi, in that litany of white conservatives who might contribute to this culture of hate through their combination of this kind of violence and rhetoric that underwrites it, you could also have added the six members of the United States Supreme Court, who have also facilitated this through their expansive interpretation of the Second Amendment — the unprecedented expansion of the Second Amendment — that really facilitates the keeping and bearing of arms and allows this kind of violence to happen.

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She continued, "Just a few weeks after the Buffalo shooting last year on June 23rd, the court announced its decision in Bruen — a major gun rights case, which expanded the scope of the Second Amendment beyond anything that we have seen in the history of this country. So again, every branch of government is involved in this. Every branch of government has facilitated this, and every branch of government has a role to play in making us more safe and less ideologically terroristic."

According to a League of Women Voters report last year, "On June 23, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, overturning a New York gun safety law. The Court ruled that New York’s law requiring a license to carry concealed weapons in public places is unconstitutional."

The report also notes, "Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for a majority of the Court, expressed concerns about what he saw as the subjective role of New York state officials in deciding whether someone applying for a concealed carry license has met the state’s requirements."

Watch the video below or at this link.

Mehdi Hasan Show: NYU law professor Melissa Murray on Jacksonville

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League of Women Voters' full report is available at this link.

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