- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 3, 2002

A 1999 lawsuit just decided in favor of gun-control groups and money-grubbing trial lawyers could have dangerous implications for the Second Amendment rights of Americans across the country as well as private industry and common sense.
An Illinois state appellate court ruled Monday that the families of victims killed by gun-wielding assailants can sue firearms manufacturers. "What the court has ruled was that the manufacturers set in motion a chain of events with the forseeable result being the death of our clients," said Jonathan Baum, one of the trial lawyers involved in the case. That this is like saying Chevrolet, by selling its Corvette sports car, "set in motion a chain of events with the forseeable result" that someone might cause a fatal accident either escapes Mr. Baum or is a causal connection he'll get around to litigating after spending the money he and his ilk wheedle into their pockets by suing gun manufacturers.
Of course, a firearms manufacturer understands that a gun is a potentially deadly weapon, but so is a knife and a fast car and a TV, for that matter, tossed into someone's bubble bath. To legally argue such, however, is a stretch that no fair-minded person ought to give the time of day. This kind of cashing in as jurisprudence will spread like a fungus throughout our society. This nonsense must be stopped and the sooner, the better.


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