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house Bill H.R. 96

Jail Time for Those Who Knowingly Sell Dangerous Products to the Public

Argument in favor

This bill raises the stakes of producing dangerous products, which will incentivize more careful inspection by companies. This bill will give consumers more confidence that the products they use are safe.

Gwenyth's Opinion
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05/19/2015
What if the faulty products killed people? GM? And after we bailed them out? They killed Americans and thought it wasn't worth mentioning and certainly not worth doing their job. They know how many welds before the machines need to be manually checked and reset. Those vehicles never should have made it past that point. GM made money by killing people.
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Kevin 's Opinion
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05/27/2015
Yes that would be considered a crime if someone got hurt
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Alis's Opinion
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01/23/2016
Unless we intend to return to the 19th century & BUYER BEWARE!, this needs to pass. Of course the threat of a prison term would deter dangerously fraudulent products from being marketed. If you can be taken to court & charged by consumers of your product, the incentive is toward safety!
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Argument opposed

Threatening people with a prison term won’t make them more likely to report mistakes, it will make them more likely to hide them. We need better inspection methods, not the threat of prison.

ThomasParker's Opinion
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05/25/2015
We already have an entire judicial system in place to deal with this.
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Curmudgeon's Opinion
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07/23/2015
No limit on fines, and the very concept of punitive fines at all are a license to run amuck at the government level.
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AndrewGVN's Opinion
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09/10/2015
A company that allows a dangerous item to be sold often already experience a decline in business already. For example, with Blue Bell, they knew about the listeria in their product, and their business had to shut down for months to get the listeria completely out of their factories. Jail time is to much, but I could see fines and other means of punishment being totally acceptable.
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    Yes that would be considered a crime if someone got hurt
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    We already have an entire judicial system in place to deal with this.
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    What if the faulty products killed people? GM? And after we bailed them out? They killed Americans and thought it wasn't worth mentioning and certainly not worth doing their job. They know how many welds before the machines need to be manually checked and reset. Those vehicles never should have made it past that point. GM made money by killing people.
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    No limit on fines, and the very concept of punitive fines at all are a license to run amuck at the government level.
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    A company that allows a dangerous item to be sold often already experience a decline in business already. For example, with Blue Bell, they knew about the listeria in their product, and their business had to shut down for months to get the listeria completely out of their factories. Jail time is to much, but I could see fines and other means of punishment being totally acceptable.
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    They broke the law
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    The medical system in America right now is based solely on profit and the only way to alter the free for all is to make it safe for consumers.
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    Not telling someone and lying to someone is close to the same thing
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    Unless we intend to return to the 19th century & BUYER BEWARE!, this needs to pass. Of course the threat of a prison term would deter dangerously fraudulent products from being marketed. If you can be taken to court & charged by consumers of your product, the incentive is toward safety!
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    The only way things will change. Stop treating white collar crime and corporate collusion to sell the public dangerous products like they are somehow different kinds of criminals. If CEOs they could spend 20 years in prison (instead of some club fed) for doing this kind of thing, it will slow it down.
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    Unscrupulous people will always try to dupe the public into buying dangerous, Hazardous items that were completely unsafe even in a testing lab. Increasing the penalties for those who do this increases public safety.
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    Who will they go after? The mid-level executives that very likely didn't know until it was on the market? Or the engineers working 60 hour weeks? How about we stop answering every problem with a prison sentence.
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    Too many corporations put profit AHEAD of public safety and health! Yes, they're in business to make money, but the rest of us are the ones who pay the price for their greed and lack of concern for the harm that their products may cause! If people die because of shortcuts in the manufacturing and/or testing process, are you going to call it JUSTIFIABLE homicide?! Or unpremeditated manslaughter?! Or do you consider it "collateral damage"?! Or is it a case of "the needs of the many outweigh the sufferings of the few"?! Do you just shake your head and say you're SORRY for the people who suffer death or disability because you cared more about your company's bottom line?! No one wants to bear any personal responsibility for their sins. It's been that way since Adam and Eve first decided that their desires were more important than God's commandment! And people have paid for that ever since!
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    Willingly endangering the lives of others is a crime and should be dealt with as such. No question.
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    If there is no jail time for this crime; people can likely make enough money selling dangerous products to make it profitable in spite of the fine they are required to pay for their crimes.
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    Big corporations aren't always the bad guys, but it is true that they are protected from harsh penalties if they commit crimes that are very much illegal. This bill also includes stipulations protecting whistleblowers, which is necessary for a bill like this to pass.
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    Otherwise would be "Unsafe at Any Speed." My argument is essentially Ralph Nadar's.
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    Why is this even a question? Throw the suckers in prison for at least 10 yrs.
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    Absolutely, follow the chain up to who made the decision. Then things will change
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    It would be great if this would also affect gun manufacturers.
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