Gun Makers Upset President Biden Wants to End Their Liability Protection
President Joe Biden has spent years writing and fighting gun laws in Washington, and this week he responded to the outcry for stricter gun safety regulations in the wake of several mass shootings in the country over the last month and a half. Addressing the country on Thursday, the President spoke passionately about the need for new executive actions to curb gun violence. An observant lifelong Catholic, President Biden even thought out loud as he shared his wish of being able to “ask God to immediately change one gun law”, and it wasn’t eliminating assault weapons or “bump stocks.”
Joe Biden would ask his Almighty to let people sue the gun makers, who have enjoyed liability protection for decades.
“This is the only outfit that is exempt from being sued. If I get one thing on my list — if the Lord came down and said, ‘Joe, you get one of these’ — give me that one,” the President said during his remarks in the White House Rose Garden.
“Most people don’t realize, the only industry in America, billion-dollar industry, that can’t be sued, exempt from being sued, are gun manufacturers,” President Biden explained.
Remember yesterday when President Biden said gun violence in America is an “international embarrassment”? Imagine other countries looking towards us and seeing mass shootings not by guerrillas or paramilitary groups, but by ordinary citizens armed like small armies.What an image.
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) April 9, 2021
President Biden is referring to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), a 2005 law that largely shields firearm manufacturers and dealers from lawsuits when people use their products illegally, such as by shooting someone.
— Fred Guttenberg (@fred_guttenberg) April 10, 2021
“He wants to drive us out of business,” Mark Oliva, the director of public affairs for the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry trade group, said of President Biden’s suggestion. “The gun industry absolutely can be sued,” said Oliva. “You just can’t sue a gun-maker because someone criminally misused a gun. That would be like suing Ford because a drunk driver killed someone.”
— MHDAVIS- NewYork (@MHDavisNewYork) April 10, 2021
While many gun control advocates insist the firearms industry’s protections are unique, they still put universal background checks at the top of their agenda while hoping for the repeal of the PLCAA. It would be a major victory for gun safety advocates, although it admittedly faces a tougher climb in Congress, which is probably why the President was asking for divine backup.
Does anyone know how long the @NRA has been telling us that Democrats are going to take our guns away?
It was 1975. Since then, over the last 46 years, the number of guns in America has gone from 95,000,000 to 393,000,000. So maybe, just maybe, the NRA has been selling a lie.
— Brian MD (@bone00afide) April 9, 2021