In light of the recent spate of mass
shootings in our country, I have a remarkably simple way to help reduce
gun deaths in America. This doesn’t require a constitutional amendment (an
arguably impossible task). It simply leverages greed and litigation, items
that our country has in abundance.
Remember the “Protection of Lawful Commerce in
Arms Act (PLCAA)” (euphemistically called “Child Safety Lock Act of
2005”)? This law protects the manufacturers of firearms from liability
when their products are associated with crimes or death. (I know of no
other product in the US similarly protected, a tribute to the gun lobby.)
This is a law passed
by Congress and can be rescinded by Congress.
Rescinding the PLCAA
would allow lawsuits against firearms manufacturers for the crimes
performed with, and deaths caused by, their products. Rescinding this law
would make the powerful gun lobby (and the corporations that lobby
represents) an immediate ALLY in efforts to control and limit gun deaths
and to increase the safety features of firearms.
Rescind the law. Let the free market (and civil
courts) do their thing.
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