Under the Gun

Tales of anguish fill a Brooklyn courtroom as the kin of shooting victims battle the firearms industry

"Yes," Ehrenreich replied.

"And he has a problem with motivation today," Haesloop said.

Ehrenreich hastened to clarify. "They're different problems," he said. But the lawyer's message was clear: Stephen may have a bullet in his brain, but his loss of intelligence and potential had not been as great as Ehrenreich had stated.

Before the shooting: Stephen Fox was 15 when a friend shot him, leaving a bullet in his brain.
courtesy of Elisa Barnes
Before the shooting: Stephen Fox was 15 when a friend shot him, leaving a bullet in his brain.

While the specialist and lawyer squabbled over Stephen's skills, the teenager himself sat outside the courtroom on a hard wooden bench next to his mother. Both looked drained. If they had just heard the testimony inside courtroom 10, they would have been even more distressed.

Glancing over at Gail Fox, Michael S. Feldberg, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said, "How many people would have the ability to go through what she's gone through with that level of grace? The same is true for each of the plaintiffs. They've taken on this tremendous burden to make it a little less likely that someone will have to suffer the way they did. I think the plaintiffs are heroes."

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