We are back in the Blue Ridge, except the mountains were orange this morning. And after almost a week in a news-free Curious George zone, I eagerly tuned into CNN for the Democratic debate last night.
My ears picked up when Anderson Cooper brought up gun violence. And Hillary made a point about the special immunity gun manufacturers have from prosecution and civil suits. Bernie’s position on this issue seems to be evolving, but his reasoning about being from a rural state like Vermont didn’t ring true to me.
The tide is changing. Two policemen in Milwaukee who were both shot in the face by a criminal – a guy who obtained his gun from a “straw” buyer – just won their suit against the gun store who sold the gun originally. This is a first.
A jury found the gun store liable and ordered it to pay 6 Million in damages to the officers.
It’s time we decided to tackle this issue head on, and to see Hillary come out swinging last night was a relief.
If a car manufacturer sells a car with a faulty ignition, or a roll-over problem, or lies about emission controls, all hell breaks loose. We carry children strapped up tight in the back seats of our cars and we expect safety to be a number one priority. Yet we as a nation have allowed guns to be sold out of car trunks at gun shows.
In other news, heroin deaths this year in VA have surpassed highway fatalities for the first time. The media is blaming doctors who write scripts for opioids. Of course I asked Bob how many Viginians died from gun violence this year in the state. He couldn’t find that data.
The gun lobby doesn’t let the CDC collect those numbers. It’s time to study immune-resistant gun violence once and for all.