To counter Bernie Sanders with the Democrat Left (which is the entire party, pretty much), Hillary tells some lies about gun control.
At an October 7 forum in Iowa, she wrongly claimed, “They are the only business in America that is wholly protected from any kind of liability. They can sell a gun to someone they know they shouldn’t, and they won’t be sued. There will be no consequences.”
According to Politifact, “Clinton said the gun industry is ‘the only business in America that is wholly protected from any kind of liability.’ Clinton is talking about a law that says the gun industry is protected from liability in certain instances, but the law also specifies several situations in which the gun industry is susceptible to lawsuits. Further, Congress has passed a number of laws that protect a variety of business sectors from lawsuits in certain situations, so the situation is not unique to the gun industry.” That’s why Politifact determined her rhetoric about the law to be entirely false.
The bill expressly allows suits based on knowing violations of federal or state law related to gun sales or on traditional grounds including negligent entrustment or breach of contract. The bill also allows product liability cases involving actual injuries caused by a defective firearm.
So why is Hillary lying about it? Because this is how the left advances its agenda. It creates a false narrative and then develops policies based on that false narrative. The false narrative here is “Gun dealers can sell to anybody without a background check and there’s no liability, and if only we could pass universal background checks, gun registrations, and let gun companies be sued, no one will be shot to death ever again.” The Narrative is advanced through the Democrat-controlled news and entertainment media and embeds in the minds of millions of people.
The Law in question,the Protection in Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, was passed in 2005 (with a bipartisan majority) specifically in response to an explicit leftist agenda to sue gun dealers and gun manufacturers out of business.
Mr. Coale, one of the Castano Group of lawyers who were active in suing the tobacco industry — the group is named for a friend of several of them who died of a tobacco-related disease — estimated that the cigarette companies had spent $600 million a year defending themselves against the states. ”The gun companies simply can’t afford it,” he said, since they are so much smaller and sales of guns have been flat or declining for a decade.
”So if you get too many cities and states suing,” Mr. Coale said, ”the manufacturers will go into bankruptcy protection. And the day that happens, the suits stop and it is lose-lose for everybody.”
The real agenda behind this — opening the gun companies to all manner of lawsuits — is to put gun companies out of business. Then, the left can say, “You still have your silly right to bear arms but… oh, gosh, there’s no longer anybody making guns or ammo.”