In this op-ed co-authored with Matthew Miller, I highlight the astonishing reality that while our country closely regulates the impact of automobiles on public health and safety, it does not do so for firearms. Why? In 2005, Congress passed an unprecedented law that largely exempts guns from federal consumer-safety laws, and provides immunity for gun manufacturers and dealers from liability lawsuits. The bill was intended to block lawsuits by individuals and municipalities seeking to hold gun manufacturers and dealers liable for negligence when their weapons were used in crimes.

Read more in the Boston Globe.


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Jennifer Tucker is a historian who studies the interrelations of art and science, photography, and mass visual culture, with a specialization in 19th to mid-20th century British, U.S., and trans-Pacific history. The common threads in her diverse research fields are the dynamics of visual media in modern history, the nature of evidence, public perceptions and practices of history, and the interrelationships of science, technology, and the law.

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