Opinion: In Gun Control Debate, Make Profiteers Compensate The Victims

One way to slow down and reverse the proliferation of guns in Connecticut would be to give gun violence victims the right to sue gun manufacturers for the damage caused by their products.

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  • WM

    Here's a novel idea, how about we actually hold the people who misuse the guns responsible for their actions and stop blaming gun makers, gun dealers, etc. Matter of fact, when will "editorial" boards like the CT Law Tribune stand up and talk about the real problem, lack of parenting and too many kids having kids, out of wedlock. Why don't the race hucksters like Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al talk about such things? Because they don't want to talk about their failed social/liberal policies and how they have actually hurt poor people.

  • Lorenzo

    Great idea! Let's do it! While we're at it toss in some lawsuits against states that improve roads to allow for more traffic, or Onieda for making the spoons that are only intended for one thing, or how about Ben&Jerry's for making people fat. You know, we can also throw in lawyers when their mistakes cost someone years in prison, or judges when their decisions so obviously go against legislative acts. Throw legislators into the mix and I'm in! If we can fix it so everybody is liable to everybody for something, just think how wonderful a world it could be.

  • Bob Starr

    I most strenuously object to the premise that guns have no other purpose than to kill. I use guns that I own frequently for recreation and competition and I have never killed nor attempted to kill anyone or anything in the process. When you begin your argument with such a ludicrous and inflammatory statement you should not be surprised if everything you say after that falls on deaf ears.

  • BillBoy Baggins

    Concealed Carry Proves Guns Are The Solution To Gun Violence , http://news.conservativecontacts.com/HM?a=ENX7CqkihrZd8SA9MKJPkFDnGHxKLJpEfPcStGb5lw8W0bBhOG5mpqVsje_HhdDyclEW

  • BillBoy Baggins

    The reference below as to Athens TN, not Athens GA, and the Battle of Athens.

    Wiki - "The Battle of Athens (sometimes called the McMinn County War) was a rebellion led by citizens in Athens and Etowah, Tennessee, United States, against the local government in August 1946. The citizens, including some World War II veterans, accused the local officials of political corruption and voter intimidation. The event is sometimes cited by firearms ownership advocates as an example of the value of the Second Amendment in combating tyranny"

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  • BillBoy Baggins

    Part 2.

    It is fact; In spite of, or perhaps because of the foregoing, crime involving the use of firearms is declining. Imagine, "More Guns Equal Less Crime".

    It is fact; The places where the most crimes are committed with guns are places where the most strict gun control laws exist. How's that working out for ya, Detroit, Chicago, DC, et cetera.

    It is fact; The Second Amendment and Article 1, Sec. 15 of the CT Constitution, acknowledge the Natural, common law right to self defense. That right extends from one's person, to one's home, one's neighborhood, community, state and nation. And, yes, as a last resort, as a defense against tyranny. The prohibitions and limits placed on government are mere "parchment barriers" without the People possessing the mean by which to resist. (Post WWll, Athens, GA)

    George Washington, that quaint fellow who lead the Continental Army to victory against the world's only superpower and served as our first president elected under the new Constitution, said that the citizenry ought to be armed equally, or nearly so, as any standing army.

    It is fact; That until such time as the root causes of violence in general is addressed, things will not change. No "parchment barrier" place against the lawful owners of firearms will have any impact on crime.

    It is fact; That gun control schemes around the world have proven to be abject failures in their stated intended purpose, to protect the public. What they do, is make the public defenseless against criminals, who, guns or no guns, still terrorize and wreak mayhem. Remember the Petit Murders? There were no guns involved but two men managed to rape, torture and kill a wife and two daughters, while Dr. Petit was left for dead. (Dr. Petit now holds a permit to carry.)

    The problem isn't "gun crime", but crime and violence, generally. Both crime and violence are the result of the actions of people, not the existence of inanimate objects. Christian values and God in general are under attack in the public square and in our schools. The moral foundation that allowed this nation to prosper, is crumbling. The "war on poverty" has morphed into a generational dependence on welfare that has created an entitlement mentality. This mentality has destroyed the motivation for self improvement, self reliance and personal responsibility.

    The lack of a moral compass with which to guide one's self, a sense of entitlement to the property of others, a contempt for life, the lack of accountability, responsibility and respect all serve to foster an environment for crime. The battle is not against guns, but against evil people and their behavior. Here is the root to the problem.

  • BillBoy Baggins

    Part 1.

    Just lovely; the first thing I read, before even a second cup of coffee, is this foolish pablum! Right off the bat, the anonymous author lets us know that the agenda is not to quell violence, but to put manufacturers out of business by pricing firearms beyond affordability.

    The author quotes the inane rambling of the "Progressive" Erwin Chemerinsky, who's Constitutional agility is limited to perverting it, refers to guns as; ". . . a product that exists for no purpose other than to kill . . . " This statement is so stupid, it is almost not worth pointing out, that firearms are used millions of time every day, without killing anything.

    While this opinion if full it, opinion that is, it fails to deliver anything resembling fact or reason.

    It is fact; Millions of time per year, Americans use firearms to defend themselves and others, often times, without firing a shot. The mere presence of a firearm is often a deterrent.

    It is fact; The CT Legislature just did ban certain types of firearms, based solely on appearance. Never mind that they function the same way as any other non-banned semi-auto, they are just scary looking! As a result of the new laws, manufacturers are leaving the state and taking jobs with them, further crippling the state's economy.

    It is fact; Every time a new gun ban bill comes before the legislature, gun sales skyrocket. This happened as soon as the General Assembly started talking about "gun safety legislation" after Sandy Hook. (Hello, Sen. Eddie "One-shot" Meyer!)

    It is fact; There are hundreds of millions of firearms in the private sector and more and more are added every day. The author makes no suggestion as to what to do with the guns already in existence. (Applications for CT Permits to Carry Pistols or Revolvers have gone through the roof since Sandy Hook. State police and local law enforcement are overwhelmed and backlogged trying to handle the increased volume.)

  • BillBoy Baggins

    Read it and weep: http://www.smallgovtimes.com/article/harvard-study-reveals-gun-control-counterproductive/

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