The idea of packing the Supreme Court is not a new one, ever since the court had a Conservative majority calls for it to be packed have been made and Democrat politicians have been listening.
Just a few weeks ago there was a leaked draft opinion about the highly controversial Roe V. Wade, the document suggested that the case would likely be overturned. Ever since this incident, calls for the court to be packed have come out in full force. If the court is packed, we will likely see an end to the 2nd Amendment.
The unauthorized leak of a draft abortion opinion from the U.S. Supreme Court has Democrats up in arms (again) about packing the U.S. Supreme Court. This isn’t a new argument and one gun control advocates publicly pitched before.
Senators are openly calling for court-packing again and that’s before the Supreme Court has rendered a final opinion on New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen or finalized the opinion of the leaked abortion draft decision. Even before the nine justices heard arguments on the New York case challenging the states arbitrary and restrictive “may issue” concealed carry permit criteria, there were calls for court-packing.
U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) filed an amicus brief in NYSRPA v. New York supporting restrictive gun control but took arguments beyond supporting the law with threats to upend the court’s structure. That case was ultimately declared “moot” by the Supreme Court after New York City altered the law to avoid the Court striking down the law.
“Perhaps the Court can heal itself before the public demands it be ‘restructured in order to reduce the influence of politics.’ Particularly on the urgent issue of gun control, a nation desperately needs it to heal,” Sen. Whitehouse wrote.
DC v. Heller was not that long ago and in that case, Americans almost lost their right to bear arms. If the court were to be packed we would likely see a case about the legitimacy of the 2nd Amendment and if we were to see a ruling that was the inverse of the decision in DC v. Heller in that case the 2nd Amendment is as good as gone.