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No Gun Insurance, Registration, Right to Sue Manufacturers--How Did This Happen?

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Remember after 9/11 when authorities decided to better screen flight schools and ban box cutters on airplanes? And most people thought, "You weren't doing that already?...."

This month's proposed gun laws are producing the same, "I-can't-believe-I'm-hearing-this incredulity.


by Martha Rosenberg

Make gun trafficking a felony? You mean it isn't already?

Mandate universal background checks? You mean they aren't already ?   (40 percent of gun buyers are background-check free!)

Limit gun purchases to one a month?   You mean people are buying multiple guns a month?

(Yes, straw buyers purchase hundreds a month.)

Medical providers should share the mental health records of "prohibited buyers" like Seung-Hui Cho of the Virginia Tech massacre and at least ten other mass shooters with law enforcement authorities?   They don't already ?   (In Illinois last year only two counties out of more than 100 reported prohibited buyers to authorities, according to the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence.)

Both citizens and lawmakers have been sleeping at the wheel while the NRA has stripped away one right after another from people who do not want to live in an armed camp. No insurance is required of gun owners though they are capable of inflicting   infinitely more damage than car owners and even vicious dog owners, both of whom are insured. What?

Gun owners are not registered like car owners and dog owners, to protect innocent children who go into their homes not to mention law enforcement officers called there. How did that happen?

And where were mothers, fathers, gun victims, teachers, medical professionals, community members, school officials, employers, employees and city, state and federal officials when the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" was passed in 2005? This law gives complete legal immunity to "manufacturers, distributors, dealers, or importers of firearms or ammunition for damages resulting from the misuse of their products" that might be brought by those killed and maimed by guns. The entire gun industry in suit-proof to protect it from "reckless lawsuits" says the NRA. The gun lobby is "protected"; what about us?

Thanks to the black hand of the NRA and its Mafia-like lobbyists, toy guns are better regulated than real guns!

Luckily, the nation is taking a look at the firearm free-for-all we have been living under and enacting anti-straw buyer laws. Thanks to a straw buyer, convicted felon William Spengler, who killed his own grandmother, waltzed into a Gander Mountain in Henrietta, N.Y. and chose the weapons with which he killed firefighters on Christmas Eve 2012. Thanks to straw buyers, 1,300 firearms seized on Chicago's streets were traced to one dealer, Chuck's Gun Shop, since 2008.

Just like 9/11, we have been lulled into a false sense of security about existing laws"and Sandy Hook was the wakeup call. END

Vote against gun proliferation by boycotting Starbucks.

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative pubic health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)
 
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I'm a liberal. Not a Dem but a liberal. And this c... by Roman Berry on Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 5:17:38 PM
Look....you don't like guns. Other people don't li... by Roman Berry on Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 5:21:40 PM
So you don't like the article. Well, that's just f... by Linda Milazzo on Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 2:17:02 PM
If you had left the matter at calling the banning ... by John Reed on Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 6:02:50 AM
I, like you, am a Liberal, and not a Dem. I consid... by Janet Gaudiello on Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 11:06:18 AM
From your article- Gun owners are not registered l... by Deborah Dills on Saturday, Mar 9, 2013 at 10:06:55 PM
Hey, how about having to register my nailgun???... by Deborah Dills on Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 2:31:51 PM
It seems gun supporters love this word.Here's a si... by Linda Milazzo on Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 2:35:17 PM
Whatever. My point was that I along with many othe... by Deborah Dills on Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 7:30:58 PM
I find the fact so many progressives get so outrag... by John Reed on Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 6:22:23 AM
I am a progressive and I take issue with your comm... by Janet Gaudiello on Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 9:48:47 AM
My household laughed at your Starbucks Logo. Funny... by Janet Gaudiello on Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 6:50:32 PM
From coffee cups, to tee shirts, to bumper sticker... by Deborah Dills on Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 12:15:34 PM
...  policy permits customers to carry loaded... by Meryl Ann Butler on Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 2:49:02 PM
The author is correct. Universal background checks... by Walter Brasch on Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 3:03:11 PM
"---NRA doesn't even want ANY background checks."... by KurtB on Sunday, Mar 10, 2013 at 4:30:21 PM
There were so many great articles on OEN and elsew... by Scott Baker on Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 4:23:17 AM
RED DAWN and the Wolverines.  How could our h... by John Reed on Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 6:47:30 AM
...we should not let the media off the hook, inclu... by Scott Baker on Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 6:59:13 PM
and for all the links, too!... by Meryl Ann Butler on Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 3:12:05 PM
No free speech insurance ? No free speech regis... by Omario Rosario on Monday, Mar 11, 2013 at 5:27:18 PM