Friday Quick Hits
- If you leave the scene of an accident, and there is the appearance that you were drinking, they are going to hang you out to dry, you are going to lose your job and you are going to go to jail. End of story. Sun-times here. Trib coverage here. Channel 5. Channel 7. Yes, we realize they didn't charge him with DUI. They charged him with Reckless Homicide and guess how much harder the State's Attorney is going to push for a conviction?
- Saddam loses a lawyer. This could be a positive development, and not just because there is one less lawyer in the world (that was sarcasm). Perhaps more lawyers will refuse to defend saddam and we'll be treated to the spectacle of him trying to defend himself before outraged families drag him from the courtroom and hang him from the nearest lamppost a la Mussolini.
- Common sense gun legislation finally passes. Watch for the liberals (and lefty) to start screaming that gun manufacturers are getting a free pass over the dead bodies of tens of thousands of citizens. Listen, cars kill far more people than guns do, why not ban them? Oh, because a car isn't specifically designed to kill people? Neither are guns. Guns are designed to move a projectile at high speed toward an intended target. The gun industry isn't at fault that because it's product works exactly as designed. Enforce existing law and common sense liability on the end user. One less class action possibility for trail lawyers fatten their wallets on. This is actually a nail in the cult of victimhood. Now some real tort reform would be welcome.
- And look here. The House passes a law banning lawsuits against the fast food industry for "making people obese." Common sense. Who'd have thunk it?
UPDATE: You know what we really like? When "leftisthebest" leaves himself wide open for a right hook. And we mean WIDE OPEN. He states in the comments "...since you came on the job how many police officers have been struck and killed by a vehicle? How many have been killed by readily available firearm?" and we reply with this link. Twice in recent years (1999 and 2003), vehicle crashes have killed more officers than guns. And if you look at the year-to-year trends, officer deaths by firearm are steadily decreasing while traffic deaths are steadily increasing. So we should all go back to foot patrols and outlaw cars? And "readily available" means what exactly? We fail to see where that implicates a gun manufacturer, which was the point of our post.