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Letter to the editor

The StarTribune editorial board put a lot of time and effort into its Sunday editorial "Gun violence in America: We're all responsible." The Board included a thought-provoking title but skipped probably the most effective way to drastically reduce gun violence: make gun manufacturers and retailers legally liable for the misuse of their product.

We don't question it when citizens sue the companies that make or sell defective automobiles or faulty medical devices or tainted food. Yet we allowed Congress to pass a 2005 law (Public Law 109-92 or 119 Stat. 2095) saying that gun manufacturers and retailers couldn't be sued.

Not only has this statute had an adverse effect on public health, a fair-minded Supreme Court would rule it unconstitutional. Gun sellers should be doing everything in their power to ensure the safety of their customers and the public.

Instead the law has introduced a Wild West of armaments stockpiling where someone with evil intent can legally buy a military-style rifle, the AR-15, and shoot more than a hundred clubgoers (Orlando), or a deranged 20-year-old can grab his mother's weapon and tragically murder first graders and their teachers (Sandy Hook).

Overturning the so-called "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" should be step one.

Sincerely,

Adam M. Schenck

 
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