The gun industry lost a major court battle on Tuesday that could have a lasting effect. Police officers Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch were gravely injured after being shot in 2009, so they filed a civil suit against the store that sold the gun. The jury ordered Badger Guns to pay $6 million and said the store was negligent in making the gun sale, as it was clear from video footage that the person who bought the gun intended it for the shooter.
Tuesday’s verdict may offer a tiny glimmer of hope for some who advocate gun control. A 2005 law backed by the National Rifle Association gave gun manufacturers and dealers broad immunity from being sued — a unique protection for the industry. That law, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), has been long condemned by gun control advocates who say that it should be easier to hold manufacturers and stores liable for crimes that involve their weapons.
That’s one point for humankind, zero for the NRA.
Team Blackness also discussed developments in the Tamir Rice case, the repercussions of jogging while black, and ignorant comments by Quentin Tarantino.