A heated debate over gun violence has focused attention on the National Rifle Association's political power in Congress. The best way to defeat the NRA is to destroy its main source of funds: gunmakers.
Congress can do this by repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act enacted in 2005. It protects firearm manufacturers and dealers from being held liable when crimes are committed with their products
The firearm industry is the only industry that enjoys this shield, which prevents mass shooting survivors and families of victims from collecting payments from Smith & Wesson, Remington & other mass murder merchants.
If the pharmaceutical industry had this shield, opioid makers like Purdue Pharma would not have had to pay several hundred million dollars in fines for their reckless conduct.
It's time for the firearms industry to pay dearly for its deadly sins.
Kew Gardens Hills