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Can't sue manufacturer over product that works as promised

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To the editor,
Here on Friday, in the letters, Bernadette Loesch asks me by name to answer her question: How much firepower does a citizen need to protect their home? That's an honest question and I'll give her my honest answer. I don't know.
No one does because no one can see into the future and tell me if my home will ever be attacked. Perhaps never or perhaps tonight. One home invader or 10, can you tell me Bernadette? Of course not, so your question is based on your opinion based on what your political beliefs are not on anything measurable. Each person makes these judgments based on their personal beliefs. Mine are that it's better to have a gun and not need it then to need it and not have it. I defy any other person to tell me that I do not have that right to try to defend myself and my family. I defy you or any other person to tell me what I do or do not need because you do not and can not see into the future.
As for suing gun manufactures you logic is faulty. Any lawyer will tell you you can't sue the manufactures for selling equipment that works as advertised. Nor can you sue a manufacture for harm caused when an individual misuses a legally produced product. That fact has nothing to do with gun manufactures it relates to any product, cars, airplanes, plumbing fixtures, pressure cookers just anything at all.
As for your apparent concern about "gun violence", why not call it what it really is? It's criminal violence. It is a fact that less then two tenths of one percent of legal gun owners commit gun involved crimes. So why do your political leaders choose to target this law abiding segment of our society? Why do they not target the criminals who commit gun crimes. To say we don't have strong enough gun laws is just wrong. Federal laws allow for a 10 year prison term for the use of a firearm in commission of a crime plus additional five years for each bullet in the gun. So you answer me this, why do these laws never seem to be applied by the government? If they only apply to federal crimes why do states like Illinois not adopt them? Seems to me your political leaders are feeding you what they want, not what you want. Think about that a little bit Bernadette and get back to me.
Steve Earle