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Ron Perlman faced angry social media users after speaking his mind following Thursday’s 6-3 Supreme Court ruling striking down a nearly century-old New York state law which restricted who could get a license to carry a gun in public.
“The latest Supreme Court gun ruling fails to say the only thing it really meant; for white people only,” he tweeted just after noon.
The social media post received thousands of likes, comments and retweets before Perlman deleted his words less than 30 minutes later.
The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, was the first major Second Amendment case to come before the Supreme Court in over a decade.
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“Why did you delete this, @perlmutations? » a user wrote. “Did you realize that a black man is responsible for the decision? It’s like some of you are getting dumber in real time.”
Another one The Twitter user wrote: “A decision written by a black person is ‘For white people ONLY’? Ok…”
A Twitter user shared a screenshot of Perlman’s tweet and wrote: “D–n bro this is crazy but look at this racist i found who needs to be called out!”
The existing standard required an applicant to demonstrate “good cause” for seeking a license and allowed New York officials exercise discretion to determine whether a person has demonstrated a sufficiently good reason for needing to carry a firearm.
“In this case, the petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have the same right to carry handguns in public in self-defense. We also agree, and now, in accordance with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” Judge Clarence Thomas wrote in the court opinion, referring to two previous firearms cases.
“Because New York State issues public transportation licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the state’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.”
Thomas noted that state law does not define what “appropriate cause” means, and courts have ruled that the standard is met by people who show a “special need for self-protection.”
In 43 other states, Thomas said, authorities are required to issue licenses to applicants who meet certain conditions, and officials have no discretion to say no because of what they believe is insufficient need.
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President Joe Biden, who has been actively working on new gun control legislation following the recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, and Buffalo, New York, said he was “deeply disappointed” of the decision.
“This decision contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all deeply,” Biden said in a statement. He added, “We must do more as a society – not less – to protect our fellow Americans.”
Vice President Kamala Harris said in a brief statement: “The Supreme Court’s decision today defies logic in terms of what we know we are capable of with reasonable gun safety laws. to ensure the safety and well-being of the people of our nation.”
Tuesday, John Mellencamp criticized politicians for their lack of action and the “vague” new gun control laws following the Uvalde mass shooting in May that left 19 students and two teachers dead at Robb Elementary.
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“Only in America, and I mean only in America, can 21 people be murdered and a week later buried and forgotten, with a flimsy little vignette, a vague notion of some kind of law on gun control on senators’ desks,” he tweeted.
“What kind of people are we who pretend we care about pro-life? Just so you know, anyone reading this…the politicians don’t give a damn about you, they don’t give a damn” about me , and they don’t care about our children. So with that happy thought in mind, have a great summer, because it won’t be long before it happens again.”
Mellencamp appeared to be referring to the US Senate vote on Tuesday which advanced a new bipartisan gun control bill which, if passed, could make the first major change to gun laws in decades.
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The Senate voted 65 to 33 to pass the bill late Thursday night. All 50 Democratic voting members and 15 Republicans, including Kentucky Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, voted to send the bill to the House for a vote scheduled for Friday. The bipartisan, 80-page Safer Communities Act includes expanded background checks for gun buyers under 21, grants grants to states that pass their own red flag laws, and provides additional funding to school safety measures and mental health services.
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The bill is the first major gun control legislation since the Public Safety and Recreational Use of Firearms Protection Act of 1994, better known as the Prohibition of assault weapons. The ban ended in September 2004, and efforts to renew the ban failed.
The National Rifle Association opposed the new framework.
President Biden signaled his support for the bill Thursday in a statement saying, “Tonight, after 28 years of inaction, bipartisan members of Congress came together to answer the call of families across the country and passed legislation to address the scourge of gun violence in our community.”
He added, “This bipartisan legislation will help protect Americans. Children in schools and communities will be safer because of this. The House of Representatives should vote quickly on this bipartisan bill and send it to my office. .”
Lorraine Taylor and Ronn Blitzer of Fox News contributed to this report.
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