Fox news poll on protecting gun manufactures


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Lennyjoe
July 29, 2005, 12:10 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,164104,00.html#poll

Right now 60% are in favor of protecting manufacturs.

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Marshall
July 29, 2005, 12:24 PM
Considering all the damn options, that's a very high amount! :)

The Real Hawkeye
July 29, 2005, 12:26 PM
It's a very poorly designed poll. It seems designed to split the pro-gun vote between two responses. "Yes" seems to suggest that you favor making gun manufacturers immune even to legit negligence suits (making our real position look absurd), but many people will simply respond yes to it, without looking further. The correct response is lower than this, which is that we want partial shielding designed to protect them from frivolous law suits, without shielding them from legit negligence suits, such as making a gun with a defective sear or designing a gun which could explode when used as instructed.

boofus
July 29, 2005, 12:36 PM
I agree that the choices are not worded so well. I voted for "Manufacturers should get some but not complete protection."

Defective products or shoddy worksmanship should still be grounds for law suits. The companies should not be held accountable for the actions of 3rd parties however.

I think some protection but not complete is what S.397 is.

halvey
July 29, 2005, 12:39 PM
Still 60%

Chipperman
July 29, 2005, 01:04 PM
60% yes
14% no
4% no special treatment
20% soem but not complete protection
2% none of the above


The poll should have been better designed. Oh well.

The Real Hawkeye
July 29, 2005, 01:07 PM
If it were designed correctly, it would now be 80% in favor of protecting the gun manufacturers from frivolous law suits. Maybe VanSustran designed it that way so as to mute our efforts.

OF
July 29, 2005, 01:08 PM
You should probably add 'yes' and 'some' together to get a read, as the poll is phrased about as poorly as it could be...

edit: yeah, what he said.

Art Eatman
July 29, 2005, 05:42 PM
boofus, WRT "Defective products or shoddy worksmanship should still be grounds for law suits.", this bill does not affect that at all. Negligence in manufacture is not at issue in this bill.

IOW, your vote addressed issues not germane to the poll.

:), Art

Old Fuff
July 29, 2005, 08:41 PM
Maybe they should have ask this question:

Should ALL of the companies in an industry be sued because one of them MIGHT have done something wrong?

The issue here is that Bill Clinton and the Democrats tried to force the entire handgun industry to accept the so-called Smith & Wesson Agreement, or face bankruptcy. They used government resources and backed 30-some cities in bringing lawsuits against ALL of the handgun companies. Fortunately, the courts didn't buy this, but it cost the companies a fortune to defend themselves, and of course they never got any of that money back. :banghead:

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