Skip to comments.Slate: How Chuck Hagel could advance gun control (barf alert)
Posted on 02/02/2013 7:35:27 AM PST by rellimpank
In 2005, Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, a bill that made gun distributors and manufacturers immune from lawsuits. While no other industry enjoys this kind of special government protection, the National Rifle Association had pushed the law for years as its top priority. It hailed the act as "the most significant piece of pro-gun legislation in twenty years." They were right. The bill wiped out a series of lawsuits brought by mayors across the country to hold the gun industry responsible for the carnage in America's cities.
The NRA finally scored this legislative victory because of the help of an important and unexpected ally: the Pentagon. Under the leadership of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, the Department of Defense said that the NRA-backed bill was necessary to protecting America's gun industry. In turn, the NRA heavily promoted the Pentagon's assessment that the bill would help protect national security. Without any evidence, the Pentagon's top lawyer, Daniel Dell'Orto, said that the bill would "help safeguard our national security" by protecting "an industry that plays a critical role in meeting the procurement needs of our men and women in uniform." Of course, no immunity exists for other industries that supply our armed forces with advanced weaponry or battle gear, but the Bush administration was determined to help advance the NRA's agenda.
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So Slate wants a SecDef who will damage America’s ability to defend itself...figures.
“Of course, no immunity exists for other industries that supply our armed forces with advanced weaponry or battle gear, ...”
Of course, no other industry that contracts with the armed forces is targeted by socialists to be put out of business by means of frivolous lawsuits.
A ploy to circumvent the 2nd Amendment. I now propose making the AUTO industry responsible for the carnage caused by drunken drivers. Next, demand financial justice from the makers of hammers, screwdrivers and other tools used in the commission of assaults.
Wait, we must force the Brewery Industry to chip in for their part in the tragedy of alcohol related deaths.
I think the TORT BAR should get onto this. Just imagine the full wallets waiting to get opened up. How exciting.