Robert Morgenthau Opines on Rights of Shooting Victims

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In this morning’s New York Times Op-Ed piece entitled Let Shooting Victims Sue, NAFUSA member Robert M. Morgenthau writes that gun manufacturers, distributors and dealers should be held responsible for reckless acts that send guns to the black market.

Morgenthau writes:

The Second Amendment right to bear arms is an important right. But the contours of that right must not extend to those who look away as their guns enter the hands of criminals and the mentally unstable. Congress should immediately repeal the 2005 gun immunity law, and let free-market incentives encourage responsible behavior by the gun industry.

Morgenthau, who was honored by NAFUSA in 2010 upon his retirement as the Manhattan district attorney from 1975 to 2009, served as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, 1961-1970. In the photo above, Morgenthau is shown at the NAFUSA reception in New York in his honor, with (left to right) Ron Woods, Rich Rossman, New York DA Cyrus Vance, Jr., Robert Morgenthau, Rudy Giuliani and Otto Obermaier