‘The View’ Hosts Rage Over ‘Tone Deaf’ Supreme Court Ruling to Broaden Gun Rights: ‘It’s Such a Middle Finger to New York’
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a major gun rights extension Thursday morning, prompting immediate outrage from The View hosts.
In a 6-3 decision, the court overturned a New York law that requires people to show they must carry a gun in public in order to receive a license to carry it. In her ruling, Judge Clarence Thomas wrote that the Constitution "protects a person's right to carry a pistol outside the home in self-defense."
The decision came just minutes before The View began, so for the most part the hosts were simply stunned when the show started.
"The implications, we really don't know what it really means, but given what New York City is going through, it seems — I don't even have the words," Whoopi Goldberg said as she tried to formulate her thoughts.
Guest host Ana Navarro tried to help Whoopi by providing the word "stupid" to describe the decision, but that wasn't enough.
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"It's such a middle finger for New York," Whoopi said. "It's a middle finger for New York because we've been trying to figure out how to get a grip on everything that's going on in this city, especially with gun laws. And you ask yourself: what does that mean?”
As the women speculated about the wider implications of the ruling, moderator Sara Haines admitted she is nervous about how many people will simply be collateral damage in any potential altercations. You can watch the full segment of "The View" in the video above.
"That's scary because next to a lot of guns, people are going to be like, 'Well, now I can protect myself,' and 'A good guy with a gun...' and all the other sayings," Haines said. “The problem here is that so many people are getting hit by these guns — if you read the headlines every day of kids crossing the street, people doing nothing — because everyone has decided to be a good guy with a gun and to shoot."
She continued, "And in a populous place like New York City, with so many people, already so many illegal guns, are you now giving people a passport to take that on themselves? It's a really scary prospect to take to the streets with it."
For moderator Sunny Hostin, the big concern now is the bipartisan gun reform bill, which is expected to be presented by the Senate on Thursday. Among other things, this law would close the "boyfriend loophole" and increase background checks for all potential gun buyers under the age of 21, and is the first major effort to reform gun violence in the country in years.
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But thanks to the Supreme Court ruling, Hostin has very little hope that it will happen. And if it does, she doesn't think it will last.
"Guns reform legislation is dead in my opinion now," Hostin said. "For that reason. Because every law that gets passed -- I don't think it's going to happen -- will be challenged in court, and the Supreme Court has now said, 'You have the right to bear a gun at any time, if it is one There is reason for self-defense, everywhere, everywhere.'”
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