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Colt stops handgun productionThomas Anthony Horan firstname.lastname@example.org
Thu, 14 Oct 1999 13:39:19 -0300
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Frank, in fact it is the success of the American process that gives you 30K+ shooting deaths per year. Your senate also doesn't get it with other more important forms of arms control as well. I blame, fear and pity misinformed attitudes like yours. I also realize that nothing other than being struck by lightening on the road to Damascus will change your beliefs - so let's leave it be. tom horan > ---------- > From: Frank Schiffel[SMTP:SchifF@mail.health.state.mo.us] > Reply To: email@example.com > Sent: Quinta-feira, 14 de Outubro de 1999 11:00 > To: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Re: RE: Colt stops handgun production > > well, it would make more sense to sue the judges who let the felons out of > jail, or those who actually commit the crimes, or even the psychiatrists > who believe that there is a constitutional right not to be treated if you > are a sociopath. > > its interesting that in the recent school shootings, mass murders and what > not, somebody knew that that person was on a medication for a mental > problem or was violent or had violent tendencies and yet nothing was done. > looks like a process failure somewhere folks. > > next time there's a shooting and your trauma unit responds, get on the > social workers and psychs and see what they are going to do about it. I'd > be real interested in their behavioral response. > > of course, God forbid that we actually hold the perpetrator responsible > for his actions... > > >>> Young C SSgt 41RQS/DOJ <email@example.com> 10/14/99 > 8:07:28 AM >>> > I think the bill to allow people to sue weapons makers is B.S. This will > do > nothing to stop violent crimes in America! > > > ---------- > > From: Karim Brohi[SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org] > > Reply To: email@example.com > > Sent: Wednesday, October 13, 1999 3:33 PM > > To: Trauma-List > > Subject: Colt stops handgun production > > > > As a followup to the debate (now archived on the web pages) - here's an > > article from yesterday's Guardian (UK broadsheet newspaper - leans > > somewhat > > to the left!). Step in the right direction (though not exactly for the > > right reasons!!) > > > > Colt bites bullet and stops production of handguns > > ------------------------------------------------------------------------ > > > > Duncan Campbell in Los Angeles > > Tuesday October 12, 1999 > > > > It was patented as the world's first revolving handgun in 1835 and soon > > became part of the American vocabulary. No self-respecting sharpshooter > > was > > without his pearl-handled, silver-plated pal. > > But now one of the world's most famous handguns is to be withdrawn from > > sale > > to the public. Colt, which fears impending lawsuits brought by cities > > where > > shootings have taken place and by victims' relatives, yesterday > announced > > that it will cease production of its legendary handguns. > > > > The move comes amid confusion as to whether gunmakers will face > > multimillion > > dollar law suits under consumer protection legislation. > > > > The manufacturer's decision will be welcomed by firearm control > > organisations but will cause tremors throughout the gun industry, which > > has > > seen the damage done to tobacco firms by similar civil actions. > > > > "It's extremely painful when you have to withdraw from a business for > > irrational reasons," a Colt executive told Newsweek. "We have to focus > on > > what we know we can make money on without taking that risk." > > > > Colt will continue to supply weapons to the military, for whom it has > > secured a contract for 32,000 M16 guns. It will also supply replica > > weapons, > > including its famous Colt .45 handgun, to the collectors' market. But > the > > company now deems the consumer handgun business too risky in the current > > litigious climate. Three hundred of the 700 workers at the Colt factory > in > > Hartford, Connecticut, are being laid off. > > > > Handguns are used in 57% of the 31,000 killings that take place each > year > > in > > the US. As a result, at least 29 cities, including Chicago, Miami, San > > Francisco and Los Angeles, have brought actions against gun > manufacturers . > > > > Colt and Smith & Wesson have been named in the suits. > > > > Last week a Cincinnati judge threw out one suit, but the law remains > > unclear. The cities are using consumer protection law to claim that > > handgun > > manufacturers failed their responsibilities to the public. > > > > Colt's decision has great resonance because of the place the gun > occupies > > in > > American history. According to legend, seven-year-old Sam Colt became > > fascinated by guns after dismantling his father's weapon at his home in > > Massachusetts. > > > > After serving as a seaman, he invented the revolving handgun, which he > > patented in 1835. Soon Colt was being marketed under the slogan: "The > best > > armed are the bravest." > > > > Texas Rangers and the US army were soon using Colt weapons and > gunslingers > > adopted custom-made guns with ivory, pearl or walnut handles and a gold > or > > silver finish. Colt's 1903 "pocket hammerless" is still sought by > > collectors. Luis Tolley, of the pressure group Handgun Control, welcome > > the > > civil suits this summer as "very significant". > > > > > > > > -- > > trauma-list : TRAUMA.ORG > > To change your settings or unsubscribe visit: > > http://www.trauma.org/traumalist.html > > > > > -- > trauma-list : TRAUMA.ORG > To change your settings or unsubscribe visit: > http://www.trauma.org/traumalist.html > > > -- > trauma-list : TRAUMA.ORG > To change your settings or unsubscribe visit: > http://www.trauma.org/traumalist.html >