One of the hotly debated topics in the Democratic primary between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton is whether gun manufacturers and dealers should be held responsible for the criminal misuse of their products, which is tantamount to asking whether car makers and dealers should be held liable for drunk drivers.
In a nutshell, Sanders says, “no.” Clinton says, “yes.”
Well, a new poll commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, and conducted by Harper Polling, found that seven out of 10 American voters agree with Bernie in that law-abiding gun dealers and manufacturers shouldn’t bear responsibility for the carnage created by a madman with a gun or an idiot with a gun.
Under a current federal law known as the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), gun dealers and manufacturers have immunity from frivolous lawsuits. But Hillary Clinton wants to change that. One of Clinton’s biggest gun-grabbing goals as a candidate for president is to repeal the PLCAA, which would effectually bankrupt the gun industry as a flood of frivolous lawsuits would be lodged against every gun maker and dealer in the country.
Thankfully, a majority of Americans don’t support the Clinton agenda. According to the poll, 72 percent said the PLCAA “should be kept and we should punish the criminals who commit these acts not the law-abiding manufacturers and retailers of lawful products which get misused.”
Only 26 percent of respondents said that “this law should be repealed because the current protection enables manufacturers and retailers to sell guns to people who shouldn’t have them, because they know they cannot be sued and don’t face any consequences.”
Four percent weren’t sure.
“The concept that an entire industry should not be held liable for the criminal or negligent use of products made and sold legally clearly makes sense to the overwhelming majority of the American public, as these poll results demonstrate,” said Lawrence G. Keane, NSSF Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
“We commissioned this poll to help determine where Americans stand. They have told us,” Keane continued. “Now, it’s time for politicians to demonstrate that they have some respect for the good sense of the people and to stop vilifying the hard-working people of an entire industry and exploiting real tragedy that is the result of criminal conduct.”