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Joe Biden’s Plan to Come After the Firearms Industry

BidenAs Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders continue to trade blows over who is more equipped to supposedly deliver a knockout punch to the firearms industry, the former vice president has zeroed in on the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) — the law preventing frivolous lawsuits that seek to blame members of the firearms industry for the criminal misuse of legal, lawfully sold, non-defective firearms.

Biden is swinging wide to do this, making wild and false claims. Before the debate in South Carolina, he told the state’s gun manufacturers, “I’m coming for you, and I’m taking you down.” He liked the tough talk enough that he reiterated from the debate stage, “And I want to tell you, if I’m elected . . . gun manufacturers, I’m going to take you on and I’m going to beat you.”

Biden’s end goal is ultimately to repeal the 2005 PLCAA. This law, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed by President George W. Bush, ended the politically driven lawsuits aimed at bankrupting the firearms industry. Biden and Sanders want to revive the tactic as they pursue the White House, and they’re using disproven and false claims to make their case.

The PLCAA stopped a series of “public nuisance” lawsuits by activist mayors in big cities against firearms manufacturers over the crimes committed by individuals. That law doesn’t grant immunity, but it prevents others from shifting the blame from criminals to a manufacturer. The firearms manufacturer is no more liable for the crime committed by an individual than Home Depot would be if someone committed murder with a hammer. The PLCAA does nothing more than defend an industry that has been targeted by a series of baseless, politically motivated lawsuits.

Yet Biden still falsely claims that this gives firearms manufacturers blanket immunity. Both manufacturers and firearms retailers can be, and are, held responsible for harm caused by defective products, breach of contract, criminal misconduct, or other actions for which they are directly responsible, the same as any other product manufacturer.

Jonathan Turley, the Shapiro Professor of Public Interest Law at George Washington University, underscored this when he wrote, in an op-ed for The Hill, “Product liability and tort actions against manufacturers have uniformly and correctly been rejected by the courts. Guns are lawful products, and holding companies liable for later misuse of such products is absurd. You might as well sue an axe manufacturer for the Lizzy Borden murders.”

Biden claims, as Hillary Clinton falsely tried to claim before him in 2016, that these protections are unique. In fact, manufacturers of medical devices, the airline industries, and even online service and content providers are protected from frivolous lawsuits when defamatory information is posted by others. Biden attacks the PLCAA knowing full well that individuals who commit crimes are responsible for them. His argument is just a façade for gun control that he can’t achieve through legislation.

The sad part is that Biden chose to attack an industry that has grown 171 percent since 2008 and currently employs more than 312,000 Americans from all walks of life in communities across the nation. He’s coming after firearms manufacturers that paid $6.8 billion in total taxes and had a total economic impact of more than $52 billion.

Reprinted with Permission from - National Review by - Lawrence G. Keane

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James Sheetz

Joe Biden has never been right about anything in his career. This is no exception.

Morty Tupperman

My grandfather would have labeled Uncle Joe as, “cocky”. This Wizard of Oz act that he is playing is getting old to sensible Americans. However, to the politically illiterate – the bulk of voters on either side – he is sounding tough. His demagoguery is typical of 21st Century Democrats – all bluster with no substance. Still, I fear that he can be a formidable opponent with the backing of the Democrat political machine. Donald Trump had better have his ducks in a row for the onslaught of libelous horse manure Joe Biden will certainly produce.

Paul DAscenz

There is only one comment to make concerning Joe Biden.
Vote for Joe Biden, is a Vote for Communism! Once the 2A is Abolished, Liberty is Dead!
VOTE TRUMP 2020!!!!

George

Neither one of these idiots have the intelligence of Trumps finger nail clippings. The only ones with lower intelligence are their Voters.

John Karkalis

Joe Biden just signed his own death certificate, which is one h*ll of a feat but the Dems are good at that sort of thing.
I look forward to the opinions of fellow Amac members.
I tell you folks, the guys in the white suits are coming after that man with a butterfly net!

Jim

Politicians like Biden, obama, clinton and hundreds of others who would try to take away or destroy our Constitutional freedoms and God given rights need to be jailed immediately because they are a radical threat to the citizens of The United States. If they don’t like America why don’t they get the hell out of our country and go find their utopia in some third world s—thole. These individuals are despicable, unAmerican traitors, most of whom have been sucking off the taxpayer tit for most of their “working lives” they are disgusting.

Bruce

This coming from a man that has stolen millions of taxpayers money and was part of the fast and furious program

Brad Collins

Biden is a disgrace. Our great president is going to tear him up in the debates. This clown would be worse than Obama

Patriot Will

Joe Biden pretends he is for the people; however, history has shown he is only for himself and his family members. In addition, Joe has a reputation for telling stories instead of facts. Hopefully, most voters are aware of the truth concerning the real character of untrustworthy Joe Biden. He is not and never was a kind and honest man.

Stephen Russell

ALL Dems anti gun, pro felon, see Dem run states & cities.
Scary
& use virus for cover to use such actions.
Dems want virus for Nov win

Diana

If the government wants a war they will get one trying to take OUR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS as WRITTEN away and the democratics Socialist politicians will be the first hit,

American

So joe Biden claims to be a loyal American. If he became President he swears on the Holy Bible to uphold and defend the constitution of the United States. He swears to the American people to do what he has sworn to do and goes straight after the second amendment like he has done so many times before. What’s wrong with this is he is a liar and former vice president he has actually betrayed the American people breaching his oath of office. Should be prison time but we all know that won’t happen. For his view there are two sets of laws. We Americans are commoners and peasants. What has traitor biden ever done to help Americans prosper?

Jeff Noncent

I will never vote for Joe Biden because he was the vice president of this country the way he handles himself is not professional and he needs to be on trial too because he was a part of Obama administration all of them should be on trial to go to jail.

Ann

So what about the auto industry. So many people are killed by auto accidents every day. Do we get rid of them too?

Alfonso Bedoya

Why has an industry experienced a 171% growth since 2008? Might we think that such growth was due to a vast public that was concerned about self-protection? The federal and state governments still can’t get it through their elitist heads that it is the CRIMINAL who should receive punishment so onerous and certain that such crimes as murder involving the use of a firearm, knife or any other type of lethal weapon should be put to death. Of course, politicians continue to blame law-abiding gun owners and pro-gun groups such as the NRA for the acts committed by criminals. I viewed a show on TV last night where a woman and her male companion murdered a woman with a revolver in her front yard and stole her month-old baby. The baby was discovered by a rancher; it had been abandoned in an empty field owned by the rancher. The story… Read more »

carol

The left hates anything they can’t control!

Dave

Is it possible that the DEMS will allow debates with Biden and Trump. The debates should finish him off since I am very concerned with his mental state.

randy

he needs to lay off the PREVAGEN before he burns out too many remaining brain cells.

Joe_P

More evidence that the Dems are backing Biden solely to defeat Sanders. The brokered convention will correct this with a dark horse arrival like: Hillary, Michelle or other big surprise which will be greeted with a gasp of relief and renewed hope for the Jackass Party,

Steve

Uncle Joe’s got a plan , I thought he forgot already . Oh well this is more garbage I don’t plan on reading .