The State of New York’s lawsuit against the gun companies got shot down by the Supreme Court today, and rightfully so.
WASHINGTON — New York City’s nine-year lawsuit accusing gun makers of flooding illicit markets with their firearms came to an end on Monday, when the United States Supreme Court refused to consider a lower court’s dismissal of the case.
Without comment, the justices decided not to review a ruling by a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which declared on April 30 that federal law protected the manufacturers from such suits.
The appeals court had overturned a decision by Judge Jack B. Weinstein of Federal District Court in Brooklyn, who ruled in 2005 that the suit could proceed despite protests by gun makers like Beretta U.S.A., Browning Arms, Colt Manufacturing, Glock and Smith & Wesson. The gun companies had complained that a federal law passed just two months earlier shielded them from such suits.
The idea that gun manufacturers are somehow to blame for gun deaths is about as dumb as thinking McDonald’s is responsible for a woman spilling coffee on herself. Or that car companies are responsible for drunk drivers. Or that Burger King is to blame for their customers being fat.
I understand the desire to stop violent crime. I am not pro-violent crime by any stretch of the imagination. But if you want to address violent crime you must address what actually causes it, and that is violent and criminally-minded people motivated by a myriad of social reasons, economic reasons and sometimes just out-and-out mental disorders.
In short, people commit crimes. Not guns.
But then, it seems more and more that we have a problem with personal responsibility in this country. Nobody wants to be at fault. Everyone wants to be the victim.
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