Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) stated this week that the American people will “revolt” if the US Supreme Court proceeded to overturn new gun control regulations.
During the “Meet the Press” show this week, Murphy made the remarks to NBC’s Chuck Todd. He then pushed in even further, attacking the legitimacy and credibility of the present court.
Murphy cited the more recent ruling from Virginia District Court Judge Robert Payne as well as a 2022 Supreme Court judgment (written by Clarence Thomas in the 6-3 majority) that overturned New York’s concealed carry limitations. According to Payne, a prohibition on gun sales to anyone between the ages of 18 and 20 would in fact place limits on certain individuals that “do not exist alongside additional constitutional guarantees.”
Murphy said that “if the Supreme Court eventually rules that states or lawmakers cannot enact universal background checks or cannot remove these assault weapons from the streets, I believe there will be a popular uprising against that policy.” Murphy complained that the courts had frequently stopped any advancement toward tighter restrictions on guns by interfering in everything legislators were able to accomplish.
The Connecticut senator said, “A court which is already quite illegitimate, is going to find itself in complete crisis mode,” before directing his criticism at the Supreme Court. He continued by promising that lawmakers will “regulate who has ownership of weapons as well as what types of weapons are owned” regardless of legal opposition.
“Last year, we ended a 30-year impasse by approving the first significant gun safety measure. Republican states like Tennessee are contemplating red flag regulations, while Texas is thinking about increasing the purchase age for assault guns.” In the program that aired this week, he said, “I believe our movement is in a position to triumph.”