Bernie Sanders is an anti-gunner, no doubt about it. Anyone who believes that we should ban firearms “used to kill people, exclusively,” aka non-hunting related guns, is no friend of the Second Amendment.
That said, Sanders — at least — gets one thing right. It makes absolutely zero sense to allow lawsuits against gun manufacturers for the criminal misuse of their products.
Sanders made this point Sunday night while debating Hillary Clinton at the CNN Democratic Presidential Debate in Flint, Michigan.
“If I understand it, and correct me if I’m wrong, if you go to a gun store and you legally purchase a gun, and then three days later you go out and start killing people, is the point of this lawsuit to hold the gun shop owner or the manufacturer of that gun liable?” Sanders asked.
“If that is the point, I have to tell you I disagree. I disagree because you hold people in terms of this liability thing where you hold manufacturer’s liable is if they understand that they are selling guns in an area getting into the hands of criminals, of course they should be held liable,” Sanders continued.
What prompted this response was a question about whether the family members of the victims of Sandy Hook had a credible case against Remington, the manufacturer who made the AR-15 that was allegedly used at Newtown.
Sanders rightly pointed out that if the public was allowed to sue gun makers for the scumbags, thugs and mass killers that use their products in the unlawful murder of innocents that it would ultimately bankrupt the gun industry.
“If they are selling a product and the person who buys it legally, what you are really talking about is ending gun manufacturing in America,” observed Sanders. “That’s the implications of that, and I don’t agree with that.”
“I think what you do is you hold those people who have used the gun accountable,” said Sanders, which would explain why he voted for the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) in 2005.
For clarification, the PLCAA simply protects the gun industry from civil liability when criminals or negligent users cause harm to themselves or others with a product.
Of course, Clinton — the white knight of civil disarmament — argued that victims and their families ought to be able to sue gun makers regardless of who it is that pulls the trigger.
“I know some of the parents from Sandy Hook. I want people in this audience to think about what it must feel like to send off your first grader, little backpack, maybe, on his or her back, and then the next thing you hear is that somebody has come to that school using an automatic weapon, an AR-15, and murdered those children,” clamored Clinton.
“Now, they are trying to prevent that from happening to any other family,” she added.
Actually, what they’re trying to do is, as Sanders mentioned, end gun manufacturing in America.