Debate Watch: Sanders Defends Gun Manufacturer Immunity Against Sandy Hook Families

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.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Cesar June 16, 2017, 6:01 am

    If this law suit were successful, next thing you know lawyers are going to sue the automobile makers for selling cars used in fatal accidents by drunk drivers, knife makers for knives used in stabbing murders, etc etc etc. It would never end, it would end up in madness, chaos, anarchy. This is simply insane, and it goes to show how insane and irresponsible Hillary Clinton is. I feel very sorry for people who have lost a loved one under what ever circumstance, I know I wouldn’t want to go thru that, but whoever thought that by suing a product manufacturer is a solution, boy are they wrong.

  • Rick Hays March 12, 2016, 6:26 am

    Everyone needs to remember, Clinton was the candidate who wanted to “take” money from the foreign oil companies, not tax but take money from them and hand it out to the American people.

  • Foxtrap March 11, 2016, 3:28 pm

    Wait a minute! We were told at the time Lanza DIDN’T bring the AR into the scene; that he left it in the trunk. We were told that he used only handguns! The AR 15 story was cooked up by the media and other anti-gunners to demonize black rifles!
    Don’t buy into this crap!

  • George March 11, 2016, 3:04 pm

    There is no money to be made by the lawyers in suing criminals who use guns to murder. Whereas, the gun manufactures have deep pockets. It is more a welfare law for lawyers

  • Tripwire March 11, 2016, 11:54 am

    Clinton is a lying skank, her voice drives me insane, the thought of having to listen to her for the next 4 to 8 years as POTUS is enough to make me burn my hearing aids. If America is stupid enough to elect her to the office of President then America is done, the fiddlers are playing and the flames are rising.
    I fear for America more than at any time in her history, Clinton is a worse danger to our freedoms than Hitler ever was, even more so than the former USSR.
    We survived Bill because he was too busy getting BJ’s to do too much harm, We haven’t survived Obama yet but if we do then Hillery will likely be the end of us.
    I’d vote for Sanders any day before Clinton.

    • rw March 14, 2016, 1:35 pm

      +1 on your comment!!!!

  • John March 11, 2016, 11:19 am

    So if a policeman kills a criminal, the criminals family can sue the gun manufacturer?

    • Fro March 11, 2016, 1:33 pm

      My brother is a moron, I’m going to sue his teachers. Oh, the Genie is out of the bottle.

  • Larry J March 11, 2016, 11:03 am

    What I got from this article is that if we have to chose a Democrat, then Sanders is the best choice if you want to keep your guns. My answer is to get Gun owners off their rear ends and get out there and support your local politician that agrees with the 2nd Amendment. National laws are won locally. Also, get out there and support the candidate that has the conservative principles of personal freedoms and make sure they win! It is up to each Gun owner and each American to make sure that our freedoms are not lost in this election.

  • Eric Bye March 11, 2016, 9:26 am

    You are wrong to write Bernie Sanders off as an anti-gunner. I have watched his career for 30 years in VT where I live. He has never betrayed VT gun owners. There should be no doubt in anyone’s mind about which of the Democratic presidential candidates is a surer bet for upholding the legitimate interests of honest gun owners.

  • Nate March 11, 2016, 9:15 am

    What really made me sick was hearing all the POSs in the audience clap when Sanders mentions Remington be sued. Apparently the D-party has devolved.

  • shrugger March 11, 2016, 9:05 am

    This one thing is just not worth the Communism that’ll go along with it.

  • Dan S March 11, 2016, 9:02 am

    Should the families of soldiers dead in battle in Iraq and Afghanistan be able to sue the manufacturer of the war?

  • Robert McCallum March 11, 2016, 8:50 am

    How is there position any different than holding alcohol manufactures responsible when someone kills someone is a DUI or gets cirrhosis … Or if a driver kills people running them down in their SUV when the speed limit is vastly exceeded. Why do we need cars that go 120MHP when the highest speed limit in any state is 75… These people are really warped if they believe this

  • Fro March 11, 2016, 8:34 am

    Does Bernie think that if you hit the ‘return’ key on an ‘automatic’ typewriter, it will keep typing until his letter is written? These Morons are trying to regulate the U.S. people in matters that they don’t even understand themselves. Clearly these scumbags want Americans disarmed and defenseless in the manner that happened to Europe prior to the rise of Nazi’s and the World Wars. Hitler-Hillary, one seeked world domination, Hillary wants to rule America.
    ALSO, how about suing the county for paving the roads that the killers used to get to the school, and the vehicles that carried the killers. It goes on and on. The plain truth is that these POC don’t want anyone to have guns except themselves and their bodyguards.
    Maybe Hill-O-Rotting-Ham Clinton should sue her mouthwash product manufacturer because it doesn’t stop her from telling lies to the American people. Hmmm, who makes, ‘Venom Spew’ ?

  • Bayou Boys March 11, 2016, 8:19 am

    How abut they sue the auto manufactors the last time one was in a wreck or ran over a
    pedestrian. Oh!!!!!! I forgot the current just bails them out. I cut my brothers finger last week I think he going to sue the knife company make sense.

  • Bill March 11, 2016, 5:23 am

    Smartest thing Sanders has said yet. Actually the only thing he’s said that makes sense. He busted Billary, though. It’s obvious she wants ‘ALL FIREARMS’ MADE ILLEGAL!!!. There’s not a sliver of doubt in my mind, anyway.

  • 2B or not 2B 2A March 11, 2016, 5:04 am

    So Hilldabeast “knows some of the families (possibly fake families) of Sandy Hook” and is standing up for their supposed rights. She also knows some (if not all) of the families of the soldiers that died in Benghazi (meeting those families as their coffins came off the transport plane), is she standing up for them?! I think not!!!

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