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Sue the NRA

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Posted: Thursday, July 26, 2012 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

The Colorado gun nut who killed at least 12 people and wounded 60 others did not act alone. He had an enabler — the National Rifle Association.

James Holmes was able to purchase four assault weapons and 7,000 rounds of ammunition in 3 days with a minimal background check. It’s clear that the NRA (Not Responsible to Anyone) cannot be defeated in the political arena. Mayor Bloomberg is the only elected leader with the cojones to stand up to them. But there’s another approach that hasn’t been tried before—the courts. What if the families of all the movie massacre victims sued the NRA and the state of Colorado for creating laws that allowed this tragedy to happen.

Let’s go one step further. What if Mayor Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and everyone belonging to the Mayors Coalition Against Gun Vioience sued the NRA as an accomplice or accessory to gun deaths and injuries in their cities?

Many of these lawsuits are likely to be dismissed or defeated by the NRA’s highly paid legal team. But if even one succeeds, it establishes a legal precedent for holding the gun lobby accountable for gun violence. There’s another benefit. Mounting legal defenses against a blizzard of lawsuits would cripple the NRA’s finances and might even put it out of business. It will take highly skilled lawyers to handle these cases, but these attorneys are available and should step up to the plate. I’m talking about high-powered, media-savvy attorneys like Steve Burke, Joesph Tacopina, Alan Dershowitz, and Gloria Allred — or any other talented lawyer who reads this newspaper. You are guaranteed an avalanche of media coverage. All other attempts to defeat the gun lobby have failed. Why not give this a try?

Richard Reif

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