Title

Introduction: An Overview of Lawsuits Against the Gun Industry

Publication Title

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

Editor

Timothy D. Lytton

Document Type

Contribution to Book

Publication Date

2005

Abstract

This book examines lawsuits against the gun industry within the context of two larger controversies at the top of the nation's domestic political agenda: gun control and tort reform. Throughout, discussion of the litigation is framed by two questions. The first, central to the debate over gun control, is whether regulating the firearms industry can reduce gun violence. The second, underlying the disagreement about tort reform, is what role, if any, courts should play in the creation of public policies such as gun control.

The chapters that follow offer a variety of perspectives on gun violence, gun control, the gun industry, gun litigation, and the use of gun litigation as a regulatory tool. The book does not seek to resolve the tensions between these different perspectives, but rather to deepen appreciation of them and the ways in which they sometimes complement and sometimes clash with each other. Thus, while the book seeks to advance discussion about the litigation by providing insight into the diversity of views driving it, it does not pretend to offer a solution.

Recommended Citation

Timothy D. Lytton, Introduction: An Overview of Lawsuits Against the Gun Industry, in Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle at the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts 1 (Timothy D. Lytton, ed. 2005).

First Page

1

Last Page

35