October 21, 2005


Congress Passes New Legal Shield for Gun Industry (SHERYL GAY STOLBERG, 10/21/05, NY Times)

The Republican-controlled Congress delivered a long-sought victory to the gun industry on Thursday when the House voted to shield firearms manufacturers and dealers from liability lawsuits. The bill now goes to President Bush, who has promised to sign it.

The gun liability bill has for years been the No. 1 legislative priority of the National Rifle Association, which has lobbied lawmakers intensely for it. Its final passage, by a vote of 283 to 144, with considerable Democratic support, reflected the changing politics of gun control, an issue many Democrats began shying away from after Al Gore, who promoted it, was defeated in the 2000 presidential race.

"It's a historic piece of legislation," said Wayne LaPierre, the association's chief executive, who said the bill was the most significant victory for the gun lobby since Congress rewrote the federal gun control law in 1986. "As of Oct. 20, the Second Amendment is probably in the best shape in this country that it's been in decades." [...]

Fifty-nine Democrats joined 223 Republicans and the House's lone independent to pass the bill.

The most revealing vote is that of Bernie Sanders, who voted for the assault weapons ban and nearly lost his seat because of it in '94 and is running for the Senate next year. That gun control is a losing issue in VT shows just how conservative America is generally.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 21, 2005 9:05 AM

The trial lawyers will now go after the companies that make the bullets.

Posted by: John at October 21, 2005 9:38 AM

Another coonskin on the wall, another big win.

We must point out that the law doe not do what almost all the reports are saying it does: it most definetely does not shield gun makers and distributors from liability for their negligence or for defects in their products.

What is does is to beat back the attack on the gun per se. The gun-grabbers had been bringing cases against the firearms industry under product liability law on the insane theory that, since the gun did exactly what it was supposed to do, i.e. kill the thing in front of it when the trigger is pulled, it was "defective" and the maker and all distributors strictly liable.

The law does not "shield" the gun nimdustry from liability for actual misconduct, only from being sued for being the gun industry.

Now let us watch how the enemies of the American way of life and their friends in the MSM spin this story into a tissue of lies to discredit the NRA and the administration.

BTW, the NRA had already obtained this protection in a majority of states, one state at a time, so the effect of the act will be in those remaining peoples' republics which still allowed this kind of suit.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 21, 2005 10:30 AM

Ted Kennedy has killed more people with his car, than I have with my pistol. So far, that is.

Posted by: AllenS at October 21, 2005 10:46 AM

It would be interesting to survey if gun ownership is going up post-Katrina.

Posted by: Gideon at October 21, 2005 10:56 AM

Hurricane Katrina's aftermath sealed the deal. It showed that when the sh*t went down in New Orleans, N.O.P.D. was not there to protect people and property. If you wanted protection, you had to take matters into your own hands and arm yourself.

Posted by: pchuck at October 21, 2005 10:58 AM

FEMA Scandal Widens as Internal E-mails Are Made Public
More details have emerged depicting the extent of the neglect and irresponsibility of former FEMA Director Michael Brown in his roll in the scandal of the government's handling of Hurricane Katrina.

Posted by: Ike at October 21, 2005 11:13 AM


The Feds won't save you.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2005 11:42 AM

Ike, Ike, my misguided boy . . . if you're going to post off-topic comment spam, at least make it entertaining off-topic comment spam. I mean, which would you or any other red-blooded boy prefer to read:

1. some hyperverbose article from commondreams.org or z-mag on internal FEMA e-mails, or

2. "Nigerian Miracle Penis Enlargement Formula, 70% Off! Finance your purchase with a low-interest 30-year fixed-rate home equity loan!" with the loan application hosted on a server in Uzbekistan?

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 21, 2005 12:46 PM

Back on topic.

Given that gun-grabbing is political death, it will be interesting to see how Rudy Giuliani is going to reconcile his pro-gun-control statements while mayor of NYC.

Posted by: Gideon at October 21, 2005 12:57 PM

I'm entertained that it's made up to look like something pasted from a legit news site, but badly misspells "role"

Posted by: Timothy at October 21, 2005 4:42 PM

Giuliani has as much chance getting the nomination with his anti gun back ground as a snowball in hell.

Posted by: BillMill at October 22, 2005 3:25 AM

A friend of mine, an over-the-road trucker who delivered a load of supplies to New Orleans shortly after Katrina, actually did have to show his pistol and express a willingness to use it in order to protect his truck, his load, and his own life.

He used to haul loads into Canada, but no longer does because of firearms laws in that country. OTOH, lawless Canadians probably never engage in truck-jacking.

Posted by: J Baustian at October 22, 2005 10:49 PM