Make America Safe Again
Repeal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005
Karp, B. and Boehning, C. (2018, March 24). Stop Shielding Gun Makers. The New York Times. Retrieved March 25, 2018 from www.nytimes.com
(The following are excerpts, thoughts, and quotes from the above article)
Gun Death Statistics:
- More people die from fire arms then car accidents.
- In children aged 1-17 years, gun death is the 3rd leading cause of death.
- In children aged 15-24 years, gun death is the leading cause of death.
Essentially, gun manufacturers are exempt from being sued after tragedies because of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005. Because “guns are intended to kill,” and when they do kill, no one can take any recourse on the gun manufacturers. If smoking kills you, or a car kills you, or a hammer, or alcohol kills you; your family can sue those manufacturers/corporations.
Vehicle deaths have decreased by half from 1975-2016, tobacco deaths are down, and not many people die from hammers. The authors’ argument is that the threat of being sued causes corporations to act responsibly and make sure their products are safe. The gun manufacturers do not have any incentive to put any safety features on guns or require gun sellers to handle background checks with rigor.
The gun industry promotes weapons in the home as a safety feature. However, when a gun is in the home there is an increase in criminal assaults, homicides, suicides, and accidental shootings.
To put this in perspective, after the Las Vegas shooting, the concert organizers were sued along with the hotel owners and bump stock manufacturers. Everyone involved was sued except the gun manufacturers.
We need to make sure our representatives in Congress are working to repeal this law as soon as possible so we the people have a way to incentivize gun manufacturers to make their products safer and less accessible.