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April 01, 2008

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Turning the Tables

Here’s a nifty item, courtesy of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

“In recent years, big city politicians and trial lawyers have filed lawsuits seeking to blame law-abiding members of the firearms industry for the criminal misuse of guns. In the wake of the recent resignation of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who as that state's attorney general sued the industry, and the recent conviction of two of the leading trial attorneys whose firm represented many of those cities in their failed lawsuits, NSSF decided to take a closer look at what became of some of the politicians that sought to scapegoat the industry.

Take a look at what was discovered. It just might surprise you—or maybe it won't.”

After all these years, shooters really shouldn’t be surprised by the hypocrisy shown by politicians regarding firearms. Even so, the list NSSF has compiled of the misdeeds by those who would persecute us is revealing. For example, former Atlanta mayor has been sentenced to prison for tax evasion. Check out the link here .

I just have one question: where do these people get the idea they’re above the law?

—Slaton White

Comments

Jim Kiser

Besides watching these hypocrites go after those of us who believe in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights go to jail for breaking the law, I am more angered by groups who supposedly support sports and the 2nd Amendment like the American Hunters and Shooters Association which has endorsed Obama as a pro gun candidate in Pa. Now I don't know who this group is but apparently they have never looked at Obamas voting record as he is even farther left on firearms than Ted Kenedy. Dave can you or any of your knowledgable friends tell us anything about these yahoos.

Tom G

So what? So the major's younger brother (New Orleans) or the mayor's older brother (Philadelphia is convicted of tax fraud. What does that say about the merits of the lawsuits one way or the other? This is a classic ad hominem attack; if you can't attack their arguments, attack their character.

What if someone found out that a defense lawyer was convicted of jury tampering or if the president of a gun company was convicted of soliciting prostitution? Would that make the law suits suddenly valid?

The lawsuits may be baseless and dangerous but this tripe doesn't move that argument forward. Now if some of these officials were convicted of gun running or supplying arms to Al Queda . . . .

Which is not to say that corruption of officials is unimportant. I live in Michigan where we have just seen the mayor of Detroit chraged with perjury for lying (about sex) during a trial involving the firing of police officers. That lawsuit ended up costing the citizens of Detroit several million dollars. And as the mayor vows to fight the charges the city of Detroit has lost what little cachet it still held as a destination for conventions and business groups. So I see how this stuff brings harm to innocent people and embarrassment to their families. But for the NSSF to trumpet this as significant simply shows it to be a collection of gossipy old biddies.

Jim

I think the point of the article is that these people that file all these lawsuits have holier than thou atitudes and demonize the gun companies and innocent gun owners. And when you come right down to it, most of these people are low lifes that need to practice what they preach.

Chuck

Simply comes down to character, and some of those people have none. Should we say that one presidential candidate making up stories of death defying trips does not affect their character and credibilty in other matters ,or are they only liars in that one field? Once they choose to deceive us in one area, how are we to know when else they are doing it?
Back to character, either they have it or they don't and if they don't, deceipt will crop up anywhere if it suits their needs.