In 2005, President George W. Bush signed the Protection of Lawful Commerce of Arms Act (PLCAA) into law. It protects gun manufacturers and dealers from being held liable for gun violence committed by criminals using firearms. It specifies six exceptions, however, relating to whether or not the firearms were provided knowing they would be used to commit a crime, violate state or federal laws, or related to breach of contract, and design flaws resulting in injury or death.
After the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared that as president she would work to repeal this law to ensure that all gun manufacturers and dealers could be held liable for the actions of criminals using their firearms.
According to Hillary Logic, laws should be passed to make auto manufacturers and dealers responsible for crimes committed involving any of their vehicles. Ford, General Motors, Chrysler, Toyota, Honda, etc. should be liable for criminal acts, car accidents, injuries, and multiple damages, after a high speed police chase, for example.
Not to mention the fact that thousands of knife stabbings occur in America every year. Using Hillary Logic, knife manufactures like Buck, Case, Becker, Benchmade, KA-BAR and others, should also be liable for knife stabbings crimes. Whenever a wife, husband, or relative stabs another family member out of anger, Hillary Logic is to run to the nearest courthouse and sue Cutco.
Then there are the manufacturers, producers, and sellers of antifreeze and insecticides. All are used to commit murder by poison.
There’s also baseball bats. And metal pipes. Paper weights. Hammers and other tools like screw drivers. All are used to commit bodily harm and/or murder.
The list of companies that could be held liable for the actions of others would eventually include every form of product manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer. Courts would be overwhelmed with lawsuits, more than they already are, not to mention the increased costs of all of these products to offset the legal fees involved.
Holding gun manufacturers and dealers liable for the actions of criminals has absolutely nothing to do with reducing gun violence and mass shootings in America. It has everything to do with disarming the American people.
Worse still, as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton signed the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, which would have banned virtually all hunting, sport, target, and self-defense firearms.
Hillary supports universal background checks as well– in order for the federal government to know which individuals have weapons, what type, and how many. She has previously endorsed making background checks mandatory for all existing gun owners as well.
Perhaps she should re-read Thomas Jefferson, whose writings on gun rights are numerous. He wrote:
“I LEARN WITH GREAT CONCERN THAT [ONE] PORTION OF OUR FRONTIER SO INTERESTING, SO IMPORTANT, AND SO EXPOSED, SHOULD BE SO ENTIRELY UNPROVIDED WITH COMMON FIRE-ARMS. I DID NOT SUPPOSE ANY PART OF THE UNITED STATES SO DESTITUTE OF WHAT IS CONSIDERED AS AMONG THE FIRST NECESSARIES OF A FARM-HOUSE.” THOMAS JEFFERSON TO JACOB J. BROWN, 1808. ME 11:432.
And, when Jefferson drafted Virginia’s state constitution, he included this provision:
“NO FREEMAN SHALL BE DEBARRED THE USE OF ARMS (WITHIN HIS OWN LANDS OR TENEMENTS).” THOMAS JEFFERSON: DRAFT VIRGINIA CONSTITUTION (WITH HIS NOTE ADDED), 1776. PAPERS 1:353
Yet debarring and holding liable legally responsible gun owners, manufacturers, and not criminals, is Hillary’s goal. She is dead set on denying every American the right to bear arms and to protect themselves, their families, and their homes. It’s not about crime, it’s about control.