Monday, August 01, 2005

Yee-Haw!! Guns, Guns, Guns!!!

About time Congress did something useful.
After reading this, the following formula applied:
CUG=Happy (but not gay).
This has a pretty good chance of getting passed in the House, too.
I am saying my prayers now!

Senate Okays Gun Maker Protection Bill
By Melanie Hunter Senior Editor
July 29, 2005

( - In a vote of 65-31, the Senate Friday passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (S.397), a measure designed to shield gun makers, dealers, and importers from lawsuits filed by crime victims.

The bill's sponsor, Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho), said the bill "says go after the criminal, don't go after the law-abiding gun manufacturer or the law-abiding gun seller." Critics, like Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) accused the GOP and the Bush administration of using the bill as a "payback" to the National Rifle Association.

"Protecting law-abiding businesses that are upstanding employers, selling a legal product, from frivilous, illegal lawsuits, while at the same time following the Constitution, is just the kind of hatefulness and trickery we expect from Repugnicans", a rum-soaked Kennedy said. "What about the lawyers? No one ever cares about the lawyers."

"The 'Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act' is a vital bill that will save the centuries old, law-abiding, and highly regulated American industry that has persevered under the burden of these predatory lawsuits," said LaPierre and Cox.

"The success of this bill was so critical to national security interests that it prompted the Department of Defense to issue a strong letter unequivocally urging passage," they added.
That's what I'm talkin about!

Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) also praised the Senate for acting "responsibly in an effort to stop frivolous legal actions that have been mounted over the past few years by anti-gun rights politicians to deliberately bankrupt legitimate firearms manufacturers."

Democrats failed to attach amendments that would give police and children the right to sue or let individuals sue, but not municipalities.

Good! The industry manufacters a legal product. Misuse of that product is not their fault. What's next, sue GM for DUI accidents?

"Should those whose actions lead to the death or injury of a child get a free pass?" asked Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), sponsor of one amendment.

No. This bill won't affect that.
For the record, Lautenberg is a whiny, commie, gun-grabbing sissy, and always has been.

Gun control advocates blast bill as 'terrible public policy'
Gun control groups, like the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, condemned the Senate's action.
jimmyb in total shock! Needs drink to calm down!

"This is a day in America when the little guy lost out to powerful special interests. The Senate has passed legislation that, if passed by the House and signed by the President, will lock the courthouse doors to gun violence victims," said Brady Campaign President Michael Barnes in a statement.
Isn't the Brady bunch a special interest group, trying to gut the most important amendment in the Constitution?
Answer: CHUH!
I thought the NRA was a civil-rights group, like the NAACP or the ACLU, not a special-interest group.

"The legislation, if allowed to become law, will give the most irresponsible gun sellers in America a license to act more recklessly than ever before. It removes the one threat facing those gun sellers that look the other way and help supply the criminal market -- that they will be taken to court and held accountable," said Barnes.

"One irresponsible gun dealer says it 'lost' over 200 guns, some of which ended up killing people. That dealer gets immunity. One dealer sells 12 guns to a customer paying cash, police officers are shot with one of the guns, and that dealer gets immunity. This is nothing short of insanity," added Barnes.

There is no immunity for criminal behavior. This bill does not protect that. Just more grand-standing and liberal fear-mongering.

Barnes pledged that gun control activists would "continue to fight to prevent this bill from becoming law, and we will fight even harder if it becomes law." He called the measure "terrible public policy."
Because Barnes is an asshat, and a commie.

From the NY Times:

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, and 13 other Democrats joined 50 Republicans and one independent to support the bill; it now goes to the House, where its prospects for approval are good when Congress returns. Twenty-nine Democrats and two Republicans opposed it.

That sounds like bi-partisan support to me!

Congressional Democrats had been able to scuttle the bill in the past, but Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader, employed a procedural maneuver to limit amendments. Democrats said the Republican argument that protecting gun companies was a national security priority because of supplies to the military and police was disingenuous.

"Guess what," said Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Democrat of Massachusetts, "the bulk of contracts to arm our country's military and law enforcement are already held by foreign manufacturers based in Austria, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Jordan and Belgium. And lawsuits have nothing to do with that."

Guess what Ted. We need to fix that next. Our firearms industry needs to be #1 in the world!!!
USA! USA! Oh, and "Boo-hoo-hoo"! Get another drink, Teddy. Calm down.

Rock on, Congress (for once)! Let's get this passed in the House. It is long overdue, and still will not undo the massive injury the industry has already incurred from these predatory lawsuits. Libs can't get the people to outlaw guns, so they want the courts and the lawyers to do it for them.
Hooray for freedom!!!


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