“This must stop. It is positively infuriating that my colleagues in Congress are so afraid of the gun industry that they pretend there aren’t public policy responses to this epidemic. There are, and the thoughts and prayers of politicians are cruelly hollow if they are paired with legislative indifference. It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something.” Senator Chris Murphy (speaking this morning).
Amid the nonsense we are about to hear from politicians seeking to avoid responsibility — that "today is not a day for politics" — Senator Murphy understands that today, particularly because it is so tragic, is very much about politics.
So, what can consumer law do about it? A lot, said Joseph Sanderson and Norm Silber in their 2013 Huffington Post essay entitled Unsafe at Any Range: Treat Guns Like the Consumer Products That They Are. For more information, go here, here, and here for starters.