The idea that the BBC has a position on many stories cannot be shaken on certain kinds of subject. Before overturning Roe v Wade, the US Supreme Court ruled on gun ownership. Here's a short transcript of how it was reported. The colour-coding sets out the positions of the two sides, but - as you can see - one side gets the lion's share. And it probably won't surprise you which one:
Nada Tawfik, BBC Radio 4 Six O'Clock News Thursday 23 JuneThe New York case is the most significant involving gun rights that the justices have heard since 2008 when they ruled that the Second Amendment protects the right to have a hand gun in the home for self-defence. The conservative justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, declared that the Constitution also secures that right outside the home in public. New York and a handful of other Democratic states have licensing frameworks in place which require people to show proper cause to carry a concealed weapon. That required, until now, a special need for self-protection beyond a vague self defence argument in an effort to limit firearms in the street. The nation's most powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, was quick to declare victory, but the Governor of New York state Kathy Hochul expressed a very different sentiment. “The Supreme Court of The United States of America has stripped away the state of New York's right and responsibility to protect its citizens. And the language we're reading is shocking. Today the Supreme court is sending us backwards in our efforts to protect families and prevent gun violence. We are still dealing with families in pain from mass shootings.” President Joe Biden said he was disappointed by the ruling. He said “it contradicted common sense, the constitution and should deeply trouble everyone.” The Liberal justices of the court expressed a similar concern. Justice Stephen Breyer, writing the dissenting opinion, said the decision “burdens states' ability to curb violence.” He cited figures showing that since the start of this year there have been 277 reported mass shootings in the United States, an average of more than one per day.
Did the other side say nothing? Was the actual Supreme Court ruling not worth quoting from?
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