Bravo, National Rifle Association! On October 20, 2005, Congress caved to the organization's relentless pressure and voted to pass the "Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act" - a piece of lobbying, er, legislation designed to shield firearms manufacturers and dealers from liability lawsuits stemming from the use of their weapons in crimes. On October 26, President Bush signed the bill into law. In the words of NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, "freedom, truth, and justice prevailed" with the passage of the bill; the NRA "scored "an historic victory," "protected the sanctity of the Second Amendment," and "saved the American firearms industry," which, goodness knows, is right up there with children and whales as a worthwhile cause. "Save the guns;" now there's a slogan.