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WSJ: Lawsuit Target Practice

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Legionnaire, Oct 20, 2005.

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  1. Legionnaire
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    Lawsuit Target Practice
    October 20, 2005; Page A14

    Congress is back in town, and it's starting with a bang. As one of its first items of business, the House plans today to pass a bill protecting gun makers from frivolous lawsuits.

    Gun manufacturers have been hit with more than 25 liability suits filed by states, cities and counties. The plaintiffs claim the companies should be held responsible for crimes committed with their products -- as if the guns forced people to fire them -- a remarkable twist on the concept of personal responsibility that all too many judges have been willing to take seriously. This summer, New York federal Judge Jack Weinstein tried to speed up the court dates in a high-profile case against Beretta, perhaps in the hope of issuing a verdict before legislation passed.

    The proposal has the added benefit of ending attempts by gun-control lobbyists to legislate via the courtroom. Their policy goal is to persuade judges to impose the sort of "remedies" on gun makers that Congress would not, such as trigger locks or restrictions on sales. Along the way, they also hope that the cost of defending against the suits will drive gun makers into bankruptcy.

    Liberals have adopted this lawsuit strategy because they have discovered the hard way that gun control is a political loser. The "assault weapons" ban expired without a political whimper last year, and John Kerry barely mentioned the subject. As for gun liability, the Senate passed its version in July with a filibuster-proof 65 votes, while the House version has 257 co-sponsors. A majority is 218. Bull's-eye.

    [Wall Street Journal: October 20, 2005; Page A14]
     
  2. Double Naught Spy

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    Very cool.

    The WSJ isn't a perfect news source, but they are often better than typical news venues when they cover similar topics.
     
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    Yes, and notice they are one of the very few that explained the true reason for the bill is to prevent anti-gunner's from using the courts to legislate, and "punish" gun companies, not end product liability suits.
     
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    If I were a wagering man, I'd bet my house the leftist extremists will take this law to court in P.D.Q. order, and if that fails, they'll think up yet another patently anti-American court room scheme to disarm law-abiding American citizens and/or drive the nation's firearms manufacturers out of business.

    They've taken a beating, but they're not done fighting for the cause of victim disarmament.
     
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