Oppose Special Legal Immunity for the Gun Industry|
2003-11-11, 3:11 p.m.
Contributed by the Brady Campaign/MMM
The extremist gun lobby is pushing legislation that would take away legal rights of gun violence victims and provide special legal protection for the gun industry at the expense of innocent Americans who have been harmed by the dangerous and irresponsible actions of firearm manufacturers and sellers. The gun industry should be subject to the same legal standards of conduct that govern all other people and industries in society.
On Sunday, May 11th, the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes featured a shocking insider look at the irresponsible and reckless behavior of the gun industry, featuring industry whistleblower, Robert Ricker, and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence's Legal Action Director, Dennis Henigan.
Just as "Big Tobacco" fought tooth and nail to escape blame-free from harm caused by its products, so the gun industry is trying to squeak legislation through Congress that will bar them from accountability for the irresponsible way they make and market their guns.
The gun industry can and should do better at policing itself, but that instead of weeding out the worst players in the industry, it punishes and silences insiders who push for reasonable change.
But on 60 Minutes, one gun industry insider finally spoke out. Robert Ricker explained, for the first time on network television, how the gun industry has made a conscious decision to do nothing about the flow of weapons from their factories to corrupt gun dealers who are fueling the illegal gun market.
Under the principles of common law, all individuals and industry groups have a duty to act responsibly. The NRA wants to exempt the gun industry from that duty.
Call to action
"Let us rise up tonight with a greater readiness. Let us stand with a greater determination. And let us move on in these powerful days, these days of challenge to make America what it ought to be. We have an opportunity to make America a better nation." - Martin Luther King, Jr.