If a mentally ill 20-year-old murders his mother, steals her car keys, and plows the most popular car sold in the United States into a bus stop killing dozens, should the families of the victims be able to sue Toyota for manufacturing an “assault vehicle?”
While we’d all feel a great deal of sympathy for the families of the victims, we’d also instinctively know that a lawsuit from a twisted family attorney and “traffic safety” zealots claiming that it was “criminally negligent” to manufacture a vehicle that could go more than posted speed limit of 45 MPH in the area was absurd.
Yet that is precisely the argument being made by Democrat frontrunner Hillary Clinton, as she supports the lawsuit filed by a small group of crime victims, who are attempting to claim that gun manufacturers are criminally negligent in manufacturing a rifle that has been sold in the United States for more than five decades, and which is the most popular rifle purchased year in and year out due to it’s light weight, low recoil, accuracy, and inexpensive, intermediate-caliber ammunition.
Joshua Koskoff, attorney for a small group of Sandy Hook relatives, thinks that the American people are “notoriously incompetent,” and that he can go around a law protecting the firearms industry from frivolous lawsuits to essentially run a con on judge and jury.
Koskoff, Sterling, and Mesner-Hage are attempting to go around PLCAA’s protection with a pair of absurd and intentionally dishonest arguments.
Both of them boil down to calling the American people violent and stupid.
Their case is that the fundamental act of marketing and selling military-style weapons like the Bushmaster XM15-E2S is negligent and unreasonable, due to ample evidence the guns are used in extreme acts of violence.
“The public had demonstrated tragically that it was not capable of handling the chattel properly,” Koskoff said in court Monday, using the legal term for property. The public, as a class, is “notoriously incompetent,” he added, and said that Remington must know that. “This is not by any means a stupid company. This is a brilliant company.”
Koskoff’s suit is an attempt to claim that weapons which he defines as originally designed for war—which would include the most popular handguns rifles, and most shotguns—should have never been sold to the public.
Put bluntly, he’s making an end-run not just around the law designed to protect the firearms industry from frivolous lawsuits, but around the Second Amendment itself. He wants to be able to sue any manufacturer of any gun out of existence, even if their products were lawfully purchased, and responsibly stored. Even if the owner was murdered so that a deranged soul could then acquire it and use it for mass murder, he wants the manufacturer held responsible (that is precisely how the Sandy Hook killer obtained the AR-15 used in his killing spree; he murdered his mother in her sleep in order to gain access to her gun safe).
As disgusting and deplorable as ambulance-chaser Joshua Koskoff is, Hillary Clinton and her allies are even worse.
Koskoff is attempting to find a loophole in existing laws, while Hillary Clinton and her allies, like deplorable Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy, continue to intentionally lie about the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).
Senator Murphy just lied about it again to attack Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
One of the senators representing the families of the 20 children killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut in 2012 has attacked Bernie Sanders for his record on guns, tweeting: “Dems can’t nominate a candidate who supports gun manufacturer immunity.”
Sanders, the leftwing Democratic presidential candidate, was asked about a lawsuit against gun dealers and manufacturers by family members of those killed in the massacre during a Monday interview with the New York Daily News.
“Do I think the victims of a crime with a gun should be able to sue the manufacturer, is that your question?” Sanders said. “No, I don’t.”
He called the suit “a backdoor way” of banning assault weapons.
While he supports a renewed federal ban on military-style weapons, Sanders said he did not believe that gun dealers should be held responsible for legally selling guns that are later misused. It is fair to hold gun buyers and sellers responsible, he said, “when they should know that guns are going into the hands of wrong people.”
Let me say this again, very clearly.
Gun makers and sellers can be sued, and are being sued right now, some of them in famous cases for both negligence and criminal actions.
Remington is famously currently negotiating a class-action settlement that will cost them millions over a defective trigger design.
Century Arms is currently battling a lawsuit over faulty safeties that allegedly don’t work.
Badger Guns just lost a famous case for selling guns to an obvious straw purchaser, who them used the gun to shoot two police officers.
The PLCAA has never offered blanket immunity to the industry. Hillary Clinton is directly and intentionally lying to the American people about what it does. As the cases above clearly show, manufacturers and sellers who make defective products or who act criminally can of course be sued, just like any other business.
All that PLCAA does is prevent gun control zealots from filing waves of frivolous lawsuits meant to bankrupt retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers, destroying the gun industry via frivolous lawsuits since they can’t get the public to agree to ban guns.
As a socialist who dabbles in communism, Bernie Sanders has proven he knows next to nothing about how markets work.
It says a great deal that even he understands the vital importance of the PLCAA, and grasps that Clinton is attempting to do an end run around the Second Amendment to destroy the right to keep and bear arms by repealing PLCAA, andcreating conditions to destroy the gun entire industry with frivolous lawsuits.
Hillary Clinton is not just wrong, she’s positively anti-American.