Friday, February 18, 2005

Reckless Lawsuit Preemption Bills Introduced

Senators Larry Craig (R-Idaho) and Max Baucus (D-Mt.) have introduced S. 397, "The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act", in the United States Senate. They are joining Representatives Cliff Stearns (R-Fla.) and Rick Boucher (D-Va.) who have introduced H.R. 800 in the United States House. These two pieces of legislation will protect law-abiding firearm manufacturers from reckless lawsuits. To any of you that may not know what is meant by a reckless lawsuit. I would say this is when someone loses a family member to an act of firearm violence, they then file a lawsuit against the company that manufactured the weapon that was used in the crime. Does that sound right, or legal to you? If it does I'd like to offer this, suppose it's not firearms manufacturers that are being sued, suppose it is the automobile industry. Mr. A is on his way home from work in his trusty older Chevy when Mr.B, who has a history of drunk driving arrest is on his way home from the bar in his newer Ford. Mr. B is drunk again, he runs a stop sign and T-bones Mr.A. Mr.A loses his leg due to his injuries, should he be allowed to sue Ford Motor Company for allowing one of it's products fall into the hands of someone that has a past history of drunk driving arrest? I don't think he should be, but I think that makes as much sense as the lawsuits that are now being filed against firearms manufacturers.

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God Bless America, God Save The Republic.


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