Where There's Smoke...

The siege of Big Tobacco and a Brooklyn verdict provide a strategy to take aim at gun manufacturers

Until last week, Steven Fox was just another gun-violence victim with a depressingly familiar story. He was a high school freshman hanging out on a New York City street corner when a friend's pistol went off, sending a bullet into Fox's head. What sets Fox apart is that he went on to testify--with the bullet still lodged in his brain--in a landmark lawsuit against gunmakers. Last week a Brooklyn jury handed Fox a $500,000 award that has hit the gun industry with the force of a TEC-9 assault weapon. In a decision that could put gunmakers in the same kind of...

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