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‘Ordinary self-defense’ doesn’t exactly apply to Black people

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Before the reality of Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr.’s ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade made my blood boil, Justice Clarence Thomas had turned my blood to ice with his myopic majority opinion on guns.

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court jettisoned a century-old New York law — one that had pretty much banned concealed carry of weapons in the state — because “it prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.”

Of all the flawed assumptions packed into that little, seemingly innocuous passage, “ordinary self-defense” is the most alarming. The lived experience of Black people in the United States has demonstrated countless times that we are neither seen as “law-abiding citizens” nor worthy of having “ordinary self-defense needs” protected by the Second Amendment. The court’s only African American justice (for now) ought to know that.

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The case involved two men seeking permits to carry concealed weapons in New York for personal protection. They were able to obtain limited authorization to carry weapons — for target practice and hunting not near populated areas, and one of the men had permission to carry a gun to and from work — but their........

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