On June 23rd, the Supreme Court ruled in NYSRPA v. Bruen that New York’s prohibition on carrying firearms and their restrictive permitting process was unconstitutional. The New York law stated that it was a felony for a person to carry a handgun without a license, and a person could only obtain a license if the government gang members (politicians) felt that the applicant could “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community.”
If anti-gun officials in New York and elsewhere wish to obey the highest authority in the union, they must now grant concealed carry permits to nearly every person who applies for one. If they wish to continue to enforce their current level of gun control, they have no options other than to take radical action. They could encourage Biden to expand the court, which would destroy its historically apolitical neutrality and make it another political branch. This would likely push the conservative and libertarian states over the edge, causing them to secede from the union rather than being ruled by such a tyrannical and unaccountable government. They would also have to find a way to work another gun case all the way to the Supreme Court to be heard and reversed. Considering this exact issue, it might be impossible to prove that a plaintiff even has standing, making the case impossible to even launch. The other option is to sever ties with DC and proceed to govern themselves as an independent state. This may be the most feasible option for those who prioritize gun control over their relationship with DC politicians.
In 1973, the SCOTUS ruled in Roe v. Wade that women had a constitutional right to abortion, and that no state could ban it outright. On June 24th, the Supreme Court ruled in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization that the federal government had no authority to concoct the right to abortion and that each state should be able to decide for itself how to handle the divisive issue of abortion. This sounds like a win for federalism (each state making its own laws). But considering that the majority of the Congress is pro-abortion, this will not last long. Within weeks, Biden may sign a new bill into law prohibiting any state in the union from regulating abortion. Once this happens, conservative states will have a difficult choice to make. They will either have to wait for the new law to be challenged, hope it reaches the SCOTUS, and hope that they rule the same way again. If they don’t their only hope might be to pray for Desantis to take over the White House in 2025 and expand the court with more pro-life justices and hope to overrule the new abortion law. Or they could simply cut ties with DC, secede, and enact their own laws.
As Justice Alito said in his leaked opinion, there will never be a consensus on abortion throughout the union. And the data shows that he’s right. Americans are as split as they could possibly be on this complicated issue. There is no national solution. Each state must decide for themselves how to handle the question. And since the federalism ship sailed decades ago, peaceful separation is the only reasonable solution that could grant everyone the government they desire. Only 15% of Americans now believe that the union is heading in the right direction. Secession is inevitable. The sooner it happens, the better.
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