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Republican senators just sent the US Supreme Court a strange letter

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  • The US Supreme Court is not in session but while the justices are ostensibly vacationing, the business of the law goes on. And politicians have a lot to say about one particular case that the court will review upon its return.

    The gun-rights matter has inspired a lot of writing, including a letter

    The US Supreme Court is not in session but while the justices are ostensibly vacationing, the business of the law goes on. And politicians have a lot to say about one particular case that the court will review upon its return.

    The gun-rights matter has inspired a lot of writing, including a letter yesterday from senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and more than 50 colleagues urging the justices to do their jobs and not bow to the threats of politicians. It's practically laughable, given the senders, yet some Democrats have also been telling the court what's right and wrong in the same case.

  • This particular situation— McConnell and pals sending a letter to the Supreme Court urging them not to bow to political pressure— is hilariously ironic. However, it comes in response to a letter to the Court from congressional Dems, which had been urging the justices toward certain interpretations in

    This particular situation— McConnell and pals sending a letter to the Supreme Court urging them not to bow to political pressure— is hilariously ironic. However, it comes in response to a letter to the Court from congressional Dems, which had been urging the justices toward certain interpretations in relation to an upcoming second-amendment case.

    The short and oversimplified summary of what’s at stake is: a strict NYC gun control law, restricting the transport of guns, has been challenged as a violation of the second amendment, and the case has gotten to the Supreme Court. Based on the letter of the law, there’s a pretty high chance of it being struck down as unconstitutional, which would be a rare case of the Supreme Court explicitly stating that a gun control law goes unconstitutionally far. This would set a precedent and might even impact some laws in other places with strict gun control.

    Democrats, most of whom favor very strict gun control, don’t want this to happen, and have already employed some underhanded, ethically-dubious legal and political machinations to try to avoid any ruling. Republicans, who strongly oppose most gun control, have sent this letter, basically, to urge the justices to ignore the pressure coming from Democrats.

    Congressional Republicans calling for judicial neutrality and ethical governing is indeed laughable— but, in this case at least, they really do have a point.