That’s Not My Department

There’s a great article in the Times today about the real power behind the thrown of the NRA — the gun manufacturers themselves.  Based on testimony the gun makers gave around 2005, it’s remarkable how closely their beliefs parallel their economic self-interest.

…a review of the documents, which were obtained by The New York Times, show the industry’s leaders arguing, often with detachment and defiance, that their companies bear little responsibility, beyond what the law requires, for monitoring the distributors and dealers who sell their guns to the public.

The article reminds me of a classic Tom Lehrer song about a certain Nazi-turned-NASA scientist.

Once the rockets go up
who cares where they come down?
"That's not my department,"
says Werner von Braun.

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