Unfortunately, today's politicians are divided by politics yet united by cowardice, so even the dumbest tort reform is allowed to dilute our protections. Politicians just don't want to stand up against the varied interests lined up against tort law. Despite his own political forays, Ralph Nader is different.
For those who haven't read the series, let me summarize: If you have a credit card, bank account, purchased anything over the internet, rented a car, placed a loved one in a nursing home or even gotten a new job lately, it is likely that you have unknowingly agreed to have any dispute with the company resolved in a private, biased, corporate-controlled arbitration system.
When it comes to gun regulations Republicans have a lot of concerns. While having your rights restricted is obviously an issue for most Americans, nearly every proposal aimed at reducing gun violence has corresponding Republican-backed legislation that should ease the concerns of the "they're coming to take my guns" crowd.
For years, Big Business lobby groups have been advancing a legislative agenda to limit the liability of corporations that cause injuries. One of their principal arguments is that tort restrictions are needed to allow small businesses to survive. Yet internal business surveys have consistently shown this view to be utterly groundless.