Gun hating liberal Democrats have introduced legislation, the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act, that would reverse the Lawful Commerce in Arms Act of 2005 that protected gun manufacturers from being held liable for crimes committed with firearms they manufactured. The new legislation goes even further by wanting to hold every gun manufacturer liable for crimes involving their firearms.
Rep. Adam Schiff, (D-CA) uses flawed logic to justify the bill that is designed to put every gun manufacturer in America out of business, saying:
“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.”
“Why should it be any different for gun manufacturers?”
The examples Schiff uses all deal with mistakes the various manufacturers have made. Schiff’s bill deals with the mistakes that customers and others make which happen to involve the use of a product, in this case a gun, that has no defects.
In other words, if someone legally purchased a Colt handgun and went through proper training to learn how to shoot and store the gun and stored the gun in a locked handgun safe that ended up stolen in a burglary and then the burglar used the gun to commit a crime that Colt would then be held liable for that crime. It’s completely ridiculous and absurd and has nothing in common with the examples that Schiff used to justify his efforts to destroy the firearms industry.
This is the argument being used of opponents to Schiff’s bill, pointing to the fact that auto manufacturers are only held liable when one or more of their vehicles malfunction, fail to meet safety, or are found to contain a defective part.
If Schiff’s anti-gun bill were to pass and become law, it could set the precedent of holding any manufacturing company liable for how anyone uses or misuses their product. Cutco could be held liable for someone grabbing one of their butcher or steak knives to stab someone with. Ford could be held liable for someone using their Mustang to intentionally run over someone. Louisville Slugger could be held liable for someone grabbing one of their baseball bats to angrily beat someone to death with.
If this sounds ludicrous and absurd, it’s not. Back in the 1980s I worked for a large utility company. For a little over a year I worked with a crew that did all of the ground work for electrical substations. I recall working on one particular substation that when finished was protected by a 10-foot-high cinder block fence capped with barbed wire and razor ribbon. Warning signs meeting OSHA safety requirements at the time were then placed in a number of places on the outside of the fence.
About two years after the substation went on line, two boys, around the age of 12, put ladders against the walls and used blankets or something similar to cover the barbed wire and razor ribbon and another ladder to descend into the substation. While inside the substation, one of the boys was electrocuted and died. His family sued the utility and was awarded something like $25 million. The judge said that utility had not taken enough measures to secure the facility and warn the public of the danger. Nothing was said about the fact that boys ladder was next to one of the warning signs and that they intentionally and illegally trespassed into the substation.
A liberal judge held the utility liable for the illegal actions of the two boys. I’m certain if someone did some further research that they would be able to find other examples of courts holding companies liable for the illegal actions of someone outside their company.
If Schiff’s bill becomes law, not only will it destroy every gun manufacturer operating in the US but it will set a precedent for many other manufacturers to be sued for the illegal actions of someone using one of their products. America already has a twisted, warped and liberal judicial system that rules on agenda and personal opinion instead of law along with an out of control lawsuit happy culture. These lawsuits will ultimately result in many companies closing their doors and laying off hundreds and thousands of employees. But then liberal Democrats rarely care about the real world ramifications of their actions as their agendas are far more important than the American people.