Schiff Pushes to Hold Gun Makers Liable for Criminals Using Guns in Crimes
With the three-ring circus that surrounds this presidential election cycle and the corruption inside the Beltway, America has become an embarrassment. Candidates are engaging in tit-for-tat verbal jabs indicative of six year olds fighting over a Pop Tart. Hussein Soetoro continues his boldface lying to the American public while violating the Constitution at every turn. Congress goes along with whatever Soetoro wants to do, constitutional or not. And, Congress, itself, violates the Constitution. However, many in the public aren’t concerned about upholding the Constitution either.
As Hussein Soetoro pushes his gun control/confiscation plan and States attempt to develop their own legislation to violate the Constitution, Congress is busy finding anything they can to infringe upon the Second Amendment. The latest attack comes from Democrats, headed by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), to pass legislation that would hold gun manufacturers “liable for damages when someone misuses a firearm and attacks someone.”
According to Schiff, a supporter of the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence, “Congress passed a unique form of immunity for only one industry — and that is the gun industry. If you’re a carmaker and your airbags kill someone, you’re potentially liable. 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.”
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“Why would it be any different for gun manufacturers?”
Well, Mr. Schiff, it is different for gun manufacturers because a gun manufacturer does not make guns for criminals. These manufacturers make firearms for law-abiding citizens. Second, the frivolous lawsuits that would occur against gun manufacturers might put them out of business. Neither the manufacturer nor the dealer in firearms sells to criminals since that is against the law. A manufacturer of a firearm is not responsible when a criminal uses the firearm they make unbeknownst to them in the commission of a crime.
The incidences Mr. Schiff sites as comparable are a comparison of apples and oranges. In the case of the pharmacy and faulty drugs, that is a manufacturer defect or a failure to disclose contradicted medications with the drug in question or the side effects are so severe as to cause the individual to suffer an injury. With the carmaker and air bags, again, the deployment mechanism could be faulty, there is a defect with inflation during deployment, or the mechanism to disable the airbag is defective. Any misuse by an individual with pharmaceuticals or automobiles is not the fault of the manufacturer.
With firearms, manufacturers, like carmakers and pharmaceutical companies, are not responsible when an individual misuses the object or item. They are liable for damages when the firearm is defective but not misuse or use in the commission of a crime.
Schiff, echoing Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, claims gun manufacturers are free from liability under the 2005 law that protects gun manufacturers against lawsuits when a criminal uses one of the firearms they make in the commission of a crime. However, that same law does not limit the manufacturer from lawsuits occurring from a defective firearm.
Just as many among conservatives are grasping at straws in claiming Rubio and Cruz as natural born citizens, Schiff and his Democrat shills are grasping at straws to infringe further on the Second Amendment by targeting the gun manufacturers. Think of it this way when violating or advocating the violation of the Constitution; “in for a penny, in for a pound.”
Under this logic, the car manufacturer is responsible for any injury or death occurring from a car accident. Likewise, the pharmaceutical company is responsible for any injury or death occurring from taking their medication that is prescribed by a physician. The physician might be liable as well. Baseball bat manufacturers can be held liable if their product is used in the commission of a crime. It’s the same with knives, candlestick holders, lamps, pillows, sheets, swimming pools and any other item that could be used in the commission of a crime.
But, when many of the citizens do not respect, support, uphold and defend the Constitution, one cannot expect their elected officials to care about it either. The public gets the government the people elect. Citizens cannot expect their elected officials to follow the Constitution when they are willing to violate it at whim themselves. Elected officials treat the Constitution like a Chinese buffet because many of their constituents do the same.
It is clear that many in Congress as well as presidential candidates have the eradication or infringement of the Second Amendment on the table for 2016, as well as some State legislatures. As a reminder, all members of the House of Representatives are slated for re-election. Since the public gets the government they want through the officials they elect to hold office, choose wisely in November or you could find the right to bear firearms severely restricted, eradicated or the meaning changed to suit the government, just like what is happening with natural born citizen.
*Article by Suzanne Hamner