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SCOTUS ruling that gives right to carry gun in public condemned by Asian American lawmakers

  • Democratic Asian lawmakers responded to the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on Thursday that the Constitution grants U.S. citizens the right to carry a gun outside the home.
  • In a 6-3 ruling, the court decided that the right to “keep and bear arms” was not limited to keeping guns at home for self-defense, as it had been previously ruled in 2008.
  • The new interpretation was the result of a New York case in which gun owners sued the state for making it nearly impossible for citizens to obtain a gun license.
  • New York law previously required a person to get a special permit to carry a concealed handgun in public, but the permit would only be granted if the person proved they had a need for a firearm beyond personal protection.
  • Several Democratic Asian American lawmakers took to Twitter to respond to what is the biggest expansion of gun rights in a decade, including Rep. Andy Kim (D, NJ-3), Senator Mazie Hirono (D, HI) and Rep. Grace Meng (D, NY-6).

Democratic Asian American lawmakers responded to the Supreme Court’s historic ruling on Thursday that the Constitution grants the right to carry a gun outside the home.

In a 6-3 ruling, the court decided that the right to “keep and bear arms” was not limited to keeping guns at home for self-defense, as it had been previously ruled in 2008. 

Asian American lawmakers respond to the elementary school mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas

  • In response to yesterday’s Uvalde, Texas, elementary school mass shooting that left 21 dead, Asian lawmakers echoed many of the same sentiments as the colleagues of their respective parties.
  • Several notable Democratic members of Congress took to Twitter to blame the Republican Party for blocking what they described to be “common sense” gun safety laws.
  • Both Rep. Andy Kim (D, NJ-3) and Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) referred to how the NRA and other gun rights groups pour millions into Republican campaigns each cycle.
  • In 2021 alone, gun rights advocates invested $15.8 million for lobbying, while gun control groups spent a meager $2.9 million.
  • There have been no mentions of gun law reform on the accounts of Asian Republican lawmakers, while many offered prayers and their condolences for the tragedy.

In response to yesterday’s Uvalde, Texas, elementary school mass shooting that left 21 dead, Asian lawmakers echoed many of the same sentiments as the colleagues of their respective parties. 

Several notable Democratic members of Congress took to Twitter to blame the Republican Party for blocking what they described to be “common sense” gun safety laws, and urged legislators to immediately act on passing more regulations.