ABC & NBC Lash Out Over SCOTUS Gun Ruling

Hours after the Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that New York’s gun laws were unconstitutional, effectively throwing out “may issue” laws across the country, ABC’s World News Tonight & NBC Nightly News joined their colleagues on CNN & MSNBC and lashed out at the Supreme Court’s ruling.

During ABC’s coverage of the landmark decision, anchor David Muir and senior national correspondent Terry Moran both panicked over the ramifications of New York’s restrictions on receiving a carry permit being thrown out.  

Muir asked if Moran “expect[s] to see a wave of challenges in states with similar laws to New York’s?” To which he huffed “there are eight states by our count that have very similar laws to New York’s, but this case has impact nationwide and on many other regulations, because under it, every American has a constitutional right now to carry a gun for self-defense in public.” 



He also bemoaned the fact that “there will be many more Americans carrying many more guns in public” as a result of this decision. 

For his part, Muir bitterly reported that “gun rights advocates [are] celebrating the Supreme Court ruling.” He then proceeded to claim that “some asking tonight, in the wake of all these mass shootings, why would authorities want to make it easier to add guns to the streets?” 

Muir overlooks the fact that Buffalo’s mass shooting occurred in New York, which has the gun control laws that he treasures. Uvalde Texas school shooting was also a gun-free zone. He also touted New York City’s mayor Eric Adams’ hypothetical question “what if everyone on a New York City subway could carry a gun?” The answer is subways would be a lot safer if law abiding Americans could legally carry a gun to protect themselves. 

Continue reading NBC Nightly News, things weren’t any less hyperbolic, anchor Lester Holt asked justice correspondent Pete Williams what “today’s ruling tell[s] us about the makeup of the court currently?” 

Williams obnoxiously replied “it says that this court’s [conservative] super majority is now flexing its muscles” and warned that “we’re likely to see this same 6-3 voting pattern in decisions yet to come.” 

This biased segment from the networks were made possible by Allstate on ABC & Liberty Mutual on NBC. They are linked. 

For the full transcripts, click on “expand”. 

ABC’s World News Tonight
Eastern at 6:45:37 

DAVIDMUIR: Okay, now let’s talk to Terry Moran about this possible ripple effect throughout the country. Tonight, he’s at the Supreme Court. Terry, large picture. Are we expecting to see waves of challenges in other states with New York-like laws? 

TERRY MORAN: Sure do, David. Eight states have laws that are very similar to New York’s. However, this case is a national landmark and has an impact on other regulations. Every American now has the constitutional right to own a gun to defend themselves in public. This court left the door open for regulations in so-called sensitive places, including government buildings or public transportation such as the subway. However, private establishments like bars and churches will be exempt from the regulation. This is the final word: Americans will have more guns on public streets. David? 

MUIR: Terry Moran will be live on the court tonight. Terry, we are grateful. One more thing. Gun rights activists are celebrating tonight’s Supreme Court decision. Some are asking why authorities would want to make adding guns to streets easier after all the mass shootings. Eric Adams, New York City’s mayor said that everyone who rides on the subway in New York City could have a gun before this ruling. 

NBC Nightly News
Eastern, 7:08:09 PM 

LESTER HOLT: What is today’s ruling telling us about the composition of the court? 

PETE WILLIAMS: It says that this court’s super majority is now flexing its muscles, the conservative super majority. This question on guns has been avoided by the court for fourteen years. This term the conservatives had the votes to answer it the way they wanted and we’re likely to see this same 6-3 voting pattern in decisions yet to come Lester. 

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