The gun grabbing idiots in Washington just won’t give up. They seem to be stuck on stupid. Again.
This time, they’re once again trying to hold innocent people responsible for violence. Again.
They soiled themselves when Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act – with support from both Democrats and Republicans – because they claimed that the firearms industry was somehow getting unfair advantages that “no other industry” has by being legally protected from lawsuits.
Of course, that claim is a bunch of crap, and we all know it.
The law does not protect gun manufacturers from suits if their product is faulty or misfires in some way. But much like you can’t “hold a hammer company responsible if somebody beat somebody over the head with a hammer,” (that little bit is a quote by non other than Bernie Sanders, who has been competing with the other gun grabbers vying for the Democratic candidate for President for biggest enemy of Second Amendment rights), you shouldn’t be able to sue any other manufacturer of any other tool for its misuse.
Adam Schiff (D-ouchebag, CA), who has already tried to introduce a bill repealing the PLCAA, is behind this latest effort to do so. Again.
“If you’re a carmaker and your airbags kill someone, you’re potentially liable,” continued Schiff, one of the lawmakers behind the gun control bill. “If you’re a pharmaceutical company and sell faulty drugs, you can be held liable. If you’re a liquor store and sell alcohol to minors, you can be held liable.”
What Schiff doesn’t tell you is that he wants people to be able to sue the gun industry for their product functioning exactly the way it was manufactured to do while being misused by the criminal/crazy element. This bill would allow gun manufacturers to be sued for the criminal misuse of their products – and there’s no other industry that “enjoys” that particular distinction.
Democrats claim that their bill would only target gun dealers and manufacturers who sell to straw purchasers. But knowingly doing so is already illegal, and it can ruin businesses, livelihoods, and lives. An illegal firearm purchase can bring a felony conviction sentence of ten years in jail and a fine of up to $250,000. If a gun dealer or manufacturer knew about the false statements that allowed the gun purchase, they are also in violation of federal law, and last year a lawsuit against a dealer who did just that, and the jury awarded the plaintiffs – two police officers, Bryan Norberg and Graham Kunisch – who were shot by an 18-year-old thug who got his gun through a straw purchase – $5.1 million in damages. Why? Because the PLCAA doesn’t protect dealers and manufacturers against illegal behavior, and the jury ruled that the store that sold the straw purchaser the gun ignored signs that he was a straw buyer.
The law allows tort claims based on “negligent entrustment”—i.e., “the supplying of [firearms] by a seller for use by another person when the seller knows, or reasonably should know, the person to whom the product is supplied is likely to, and does, use the product in a manner involving unreasonable risk of physical injury to the person or others.” It also allows claims based on “an action in which a manufacturer or seller…knowingly violated a State or Federal statute applicable to the sale or marketing of the product.”
So unsurprisingly, Schiff and the Democrats are lying. Again. They know that the Second Amendment means what it says, and that only an amendment repealing the Second Amendment can change that, so they are doing everything in their power to destroy it in other, creative ways.
Luckily, there’s slim chance of this odious bill passing. Schiff is teaming up with Richard Blumenthal (D-ickwad, CT) to push this agenda.