Double Big news! In two major rulings, the U.S. Supreme Court voted that the Constitution does not guarantee the right to abortions, and it voted to send the decision of whether to allow abortions back to the states. Supreme Court Rules Roe v. Wade Unconstitutional. One day earlier, on June 23, the highest court in the land voted 6 -3 to strike down New York state’s draconian concealed carry gun permitting system, for the first time, recognizing the constitutional right to carry firearms in public for self-defense.
A week that changed the course of history? Perhaps.
Roe v Wade reversed.
Per Fox News, Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade in Landmark Opinion, “The Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, effectively ending recognition of a constitutional right to abortion and giving individual states the power to allow, limit, or ban the practice altogether.”
“The ruling came in the court’s opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, which centered on a Mississippi law that banned abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The Republican-led state of Mississippi asked the Supreme Court to strike down a lower court ruling that stopped the 15-week abortion ban from taking place.
“We end this opinion where we began. Abortion presents a profound moral question. The Constitution does not prohibit the citizens of each State from regulating or prohibiting abortion. Roe and Casey arrogated that authority. We now overrule those decisions and return that authority to the people and their elected representatives,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the court’s opinion.
Alito’s opinion began with an exploration and criticism of Roe v. Wade and its holding that while states have “a legitimate interest in protecting ‘potential life,” this interest was not strong enough to prohibit abortions before the time of fetal viability, understood to be at about 23 weeks into pregnancy.
Second Amendment Upheld
The justices 2A (Second Amendment) ruling declared that New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the 14th Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.
Supreme Court Rules New York’s Concealed Carry Gun Law Is Unconstitutional, Recognizes Right to Carry in Public
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas penned the majority opinion (pdf), and he stated, “Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.” He quoted Konigsberg v. State Bar of California (1961).
Court’s Gun Decision a Huge Win for the Constitution
President Joe Biden—remarkable for his feat of graduating in the bottom 12% (76 of 85) from his Syracuse University College of Law class and for dodging expulsion after admitting to plagiarizing a significant portion of a law-school term paper—condemned the ruling, saying it “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution and should deeply trouble us all.”
Then Biden sounded a dog whistle. “I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are on the line.”
In an unlikely a coincidence, hours after the Supreme’s 2A ruling, the US Senate passed a historic gun bill. By Friday, U.S. Congress passed the bill and sent it to President Biden for signing. The bill includes red flag laws that allow concerned residents to report fears that gun-owner friends and neighbors might cause harm to themselves or others, thereby enabling law enforcement to confiscate the firearms without due process of law.
(North Korea’s premiere’s are particularly fond of red flag laws. Though no one is allowed to own a gun there, residents are encouraged to turn in neighbors and family members who have allegedly muttered verbal slights about their glorious leaders.
Here in the U.S., the Executive Branch and Judicial Branch appear to have drawn a line in the sand.
PIME presses for Election Integrity Reform
Members of PIME’s Legislative, ERIC, and Citizenship Committees recently met with House Speaker Jason Wentworth’s team, Sen. Ruth Johnson, and Rep. Ann Bollin. We’ve made our cases on a number of issues, not the least of which included an urgent request to audit the state’s voter rolls in order to restore election integrity.
To our relief, Rep. Ann Bollin, chair of the state House Elections and Ethics Committee, expressed support for an audit of the state’s Qualified Voter File, QVF.
“What criteria would you suggest?” she asked.
Thankfully, great minds have been hard at work crafting a solution. Check out the Heritage White Paper on Election Audits: https://www.heritage.org/election-integrity/report/best-practices-and-standards-election-audits by Hans von Spakovsky.
Spread the word. Reach out to your legislators. Share this information with them. Establish a relationship. Be right. Be polite.
For election integrity in Michigan,
Patrice Johnson, Chair
P.S. PIME’s website is home to 14 articles that demonstrate the unacceptable nature of the Electronic Registration Information Center. (See Why Michigan must get out of ERIC ASAP)
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–Justice Thomas: Law violates Constitution by preventing law-abiding citizens from defending themselves in public The ruling is a sweeping victory for Second Amendment gun ownership rights and may help to undo restrictive gun control laws outside New York state, possibly including so-called red flag laws, which allow the confiscation of guns in certain circumstances with limited due process.
‘The Second Amendment states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
The Supreme Court has been strengthening Second Amendment protections in recent years, and observers have said that the court’s six-member conservative supermajority could help expand gun ownership protections.
CNN’s Toobin: Supreme Court Made Second Amendment A “First Class Right” Like The First Amendment
… New York makes it a crime to possess a firearm without a license, whether inside or outside the home. An individual who wants to carry a firearm outside his home may obtain an unrestricted license to “have and carry” a concealed “pistol or revolver” if he can prove that “proper cause exists” for doing so, according to state law.
An applicant satisfies the “proper cause” requirement only if he can “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community,” according to a 1980 ruling by the Supreme Court of New York in Klenosky v. New York City Police Department.
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For your election law binder:
MCL 168.766(2):“The qualified voter file must be used to determine the genuineness of a signature on an envelope containing an absent voter ballot. Signature comparisons must be made with the digitized signature in the qualified voter file….”