Until now, most of the conversation about reducing gun violence has focused on imprisoning people who have used guns in crimes. The gun industry has been able to wash its hands of the bloodshed because it has had too many people in power in its back pocket. What we are seeing now is an important attempt to hold people accountable for putting guns in the hands of criminals.
Fighting out lawsuits in court will take years, and it is unclear what the Supreme Court will rule in the end. The court refused to take up the Connecticut case, which allowed the Sandy Hook settlement to go ahead, but right-wing justices have been added to the court since then.
Meanwhile, the Legislature in the next session needs to ban large-capacity magazines and assault weapons In Illinois. Doing so on the state level might prompt Congress to enact such bans federally.
America finally sent Al Capone to prison. It needs to put a stop to today’s gun violence as well.
— Chicago Sun-Times Editorial: Taking gun manufacturers to court can save lives