Thursday, April 05, 2007

If I were king of the world...

And you were drinking and driving and you crashed into and killed somebody, you'd be charged with a bunch of crimes (vehicular homicide, negligent homicide, manslaughter, and whatever else we (the people) could drum up). And you would go to prison for a long, long-ass time. (If it was your first offense, we might be able to reduce it by one "long").

Now, if you were drinking and driving in your jumbo-sized GMC Yukon, Chevy Suburban, Ford Expeditotank (or any one of the other behemoth-sized monster truck out there), and you crashed into and killed somebody, in addition to all that other shit I'd charge you with (up there in paragraph 1), you'd also be charged with felony first-degree murder, and you'd go to prison for the rest of your fucking life. *Maybe* you'd be eligible for day. After no less than 10...maybe 20 years served. But probably not.

Now, the question that needs to be asked is: Can the behemoth-manufacturers be held responsible (aka "sued") the way gun manufacturers are (occasionally?) held responsible when the product they create is used to kill someone?