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Suing the Gun Industry A Battle at the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts

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ISBN-10: 0472032119

ISBN-13: 9780472032112

Edition: 2006

Authors: Timothy Lytton, Timothy D. Lytton

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"Mass tort litigation against the gun industry, with its practical weaknesses, successes, and goals, provides the framework for this collection of thoughtful essays by leading social scientists, lawyers, and academics. . . . These informed analyses reveal the complexities that make the debate so difficult to resolve. . . . Suing the Gun Industry masterfully reveals the many details contributing to the intractability of the gun debate." -New York Law Journal "Second Amendment advocate or gun-control fanatic, all Americans who care about freedom need to readSuing the Gun Industry." -Bob Barr, Member of Congress, 1995-2003, and Twenty-First Century Liberties Chair for Freedom and Privacy, American Conservative Union "Thesource for anyone interested in a balanced analysis of the lawsuits against the gun industry." -David Hemenway, Professor of Health Policy & Director, Harvard Injury Control Research Center Harvard School of Public Health Health Policy and Management Department, author ofPrivate Guns, Public Health "Highly readable, comprehensive, well-balanced. It contains everything you need to know, and on all sides, about the wave of lawsuits against U.S. gun manufacturers." -James B. Jacobs, Warren E. Burger Professor of Law and author ofCan Gun Control Work? "InSuing the Gun Industry, Timothy Lytton has assembled some of the leading scholars and advocates, both pro and con, to analyze this fascinating effort to circumvent the well-known political obstacles to more effective gun control. This fine book offers a briefing on both the substance and the legal process of this wave of lawsuits, together with a better understanding of the future prospects for this type of litigation vis-à-vis other industries." -Philip J. Cook, Duke University "An interesting collection, generally representing the center of the gun-control debate, with considerable variation in focus, objectivity, and political realism." -Paul Blackman, retired pro-gun criminologist and advocate Gun litigation deserves a closer look amid the lessons learned from decades of legal action against the makers of asbestos, Agent Orange, silicone breast implants, and tobacco products, among others. Suing the Gun Industrycollects the diverse and often conflicting opinions of an outstanding cast of specialists in law, public health, public policy, and criminology and distills them into a complete picture of the intricacies of gun litigation and its repercussions for gun control. Using multiple perspectives,Suing the Gun Industryscrutinizes legal action against the gun industry. Such a broad approach highlights the role of this litigation within two larger controversies: one over government efforts to reduce gun violence, and the other over the use of mass torts to regulate unpopular industries. Readers will findSuing the Gun Industrya timely and accessible picture of these complex and controversial issues. Contributors: Tom Baker Donald Braman Brannon P. Denning Tom Diaz Howard M. Erichson Thomas O. Farrish Shannon Frattaroli John Gastil Dan M. Kahan Don B. Kates Timothy D. Lytton Julie Samia Mair Richard A. Nagareda Peter H. Schuck Stephen D. Sugarman Stephen Teret Wendy Wagner
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 11/27/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

Timothy D. Lytton is the Albert and Angela Farone Distinguished Professor of Law at Albany Law School.

Introduction : an overview of lawsuits against the gun industry
Perspectives on gun violence, gun control, & the gun industry
A public health perspective on gun violence prevention
The limited importance of gun control from a criminological perspective
The American gun industry : designing & marketing increasingly lethal weapons
A cultural critique of gun litigation
Perspectives on gun litigation
Private lawyers, public lawsuits : plaintiff's attorneys in municipal gun litigation
The NRA, the Brady campaign, & the politics of gun litigation
Gun litigation in the mass tort context
Comparing tobacco & gun litigation
Gun litigation as a regulatory response to gun violence
Why regulating guns through litigation won't work
The complementary role of tort litigation in regulating the gun industry
Stubborn information problems & the regulatory benefits of gun litigation
Liability insurance & the regulation of firearms
Gun litigation & the constitution