I think I had promised no politics for a while. Because of that little promise, I must advise you that this is not a political post. Instead I'd like to take a second and remind some yahoos of a little term we like to call "personal responsibility."
The liberal action website, Moveon.org, has begun a call to arms, as it were, asking visitors to call their Senators and oppose Senate Bill 659.
Quoting from Moveon.org, the bill would:
"exempt gun manufacturers, distributors, and dealers from legal accountability in the courts"
Let me see if we all hear that the same way. The Senate wants to pass a bill that says if you build a gun and someone commits a crime with it, you can't be sued. Sounds logical to me. Why? Just because I make a gun (or car or airplane or whatever) doesn't mean that I have any control what so ever on how it is used. Right?
If Ford makes a Taurus and some a-hole buys it, drives it off the lot to a bar, drinks 20 beers, and kills a busload of kids while driving home drunk, is Ford responsible? No, the a-hole who did it is. You can't sue Ford because they built the car. Same holds with any other manufacturer.
Moveon.org takes the "high road" by asking:
"Will your Senator vote to take away your rights and make it even easier for criminals to obtain guns?"
Huh? What? Did I sleep through all those civics classes? Where do I have a "right" to sue a manufacturer for how their product is used? How will legislating this issue make it "easier" for criminals to obtain guns? That's not even a logical argument! Ugh!
I don't know why the liberals at Moveon.org get me so worked up. They had this big "web election" a last week and show they had 317,647 votes cast. That's after months of planning and promotion on the Moveon.org website and most of the Democratic candidates' websites. Not exactly a mad rush in a two day span, is it?
Moveon.org is a PAC based in ((rolls eyes)) Berkeley, CA that grew out of the Clinton impeachment . So they've moved on. Great. They've tried to reinvent themselves over the years by being a "grassroots" fundraising group for Democratic candidates, opposing to the war in Iraq, and "taking a stand" against corporate America.
Hopefully they'll keep requesting supporters protest legitimate legislation – that way the whole organization will eventually "move on".