Senate Votes to Guard Gunmakers From Suits

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  1. poncho

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    WASHINGTON - The Senate voted Friday to shield firearms manufacturers, dealers and importers from lawsuits brought by victims of gun crimes, a measure opponents said had been ordered up by the gun lobby.

    The 65-31 vote passed a bill that supporters said protects the industry from financial disaster and bankruptcy caused by damage lawsuits.

    "This bill says go after the criminal, don't go after the law-abiding gun manufacturer or the law-abiding gun seller," said bill sponsor Sen. Larry Craig (news, bio, voting record), R-Idaho.

    But Sen. Edward Kennedy (news, bio, voting record), D-Mass., and other opponents said the gun industry needs no such special protection. "This bill has one motivation — payback by the Bush administration and the Republican leadership of the Congress to the powerful special interest of the National Rifle Association," he said.

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  2. KenH

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    Good for the Senate. If it's a legitimate and legal firearm, then to hold the gunmaker responsible for the actions of someone who abuses a firearm is simply crazy.
     
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    Smith & Wesson Holding Corp(AMEX:SWB)
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    Sturm Ruger & Co Inc (NYSE: RGR)
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    They protected companies from asbestos litigation too, didn't they? That certainly was a blessing in disguise for Haliburton, wasn't it?
     
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    Apples and oranges. Actually, apples and skyscrapers. Use of asbestos is not a constitutionally protected right.
     
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    I am talking about protection for companies. I am not talking about a "Constitutionally protected right."
     
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    There is simply no comparison between the issue of legal firearms and asbestos. None.
     
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    In today's climate protecting the gun manufacturers is necessary to protect our second amendment rights from the Centralists.
     
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    Just more of the GOP looking out for corporate contributors instead of the average citizen.
     
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    Since when is defending the people's second amendments rights not looking out for the average citizen?
     
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    Suing gun makers over a crime committed with a gun is purely dishonest profiteering. There is no justice involved. These lawsuits seek “deep pockets” that only benefit lawyers and corrupt plaintiffs at the expense of American jobs and legitimate manufacturers.
     
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    Plus the anti-second amendment people know they don't have the support to amend the U.S. constitution to repeal the second amendment so they are trying to kill the manufacturing of guns in the U.S. If they can do that, then they can try to stop the importation of guns as well.
     
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    The notion that you should be able to sue a company that makes a gun because someone else shoots you is ridiculous. It is this mentality that has fat people thinking they can sue McDonalds because their food isn't healthy.

    You know, my mother was seriously injured in a car crash years ago. Anyone think she should sue Ford for making the car? Of course not. Ford didn't have anything to do with the wreck. And if I get shot by a Colt 1911 tonight, it won't be Colt's fault. Let's try to blame those responsible for the crime.
     
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    I agree 100% with this bill!

    We should hold those who misuse weapons responsible for their conduct with those weapons - not the weapons or the manufacturers of them.

    There's still much more to be done to reverse years of stupid laws that have eroded our basic right and need to be armed with weapons for self defense, protection of our families, protection of our property, and as a firm reminder to any over ambitious government.
     
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    This is good news! It is wrong to hold a manufacturer responsible for what a consumer does with their product.
     
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    Your post speaks volumes about your total ignorance of the Constitution and Justice.
     
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    Why couldn't the same be said for distillaries or tobacco companies?
     
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    Johns Corning, you mean, Haliburton didn't manufacture it.
     
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    Look what we did to the tobacco industry. Actually the smokers that still smoke. They are paying the governments extortion.
     

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