In a move that would mark the end of the Second Amendment in the U.S.A., House Democrats are seeking to change rules to allow victims to sue gun companies after being injured in shootings.
To be able to sue companies because of how customers misuse their product is so entirely un-American, no to mention so materially unfair, that it boggles the mind. But that is what Democrats want.
According to The Blaze:
“[The bill] will allow civil cases to go forward against irresponsible actors in state and federal courts, just as they would if they involved any other product. Letting courts hear these cases would provide victims of gun violence their day in court,” reads a press release about the bill.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the bill is sponsored by the maniacal Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) in the House (and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in the Senate) They claim “numerous cases” have been dismissed on the basis of the PLCAA “even when the gun makers and sellers acted in a fashion that would qualify as negligent if it involved any other product.”
No, not really. But that is their claim.
Think of what this means when projected to some other product. Imagine if every car maker can be sued when someone drives their car drunk? It would be absolutely absurd if you could sue a company because someone else misused their product.
Of course, their main goal is to make it so expensive to do business in the firearms industry that few will bother. And that, in turn, would essentially put an end to the Second Amendment because no one could get any supplies or new firearms.
Indeed, this whole situation was already foreseen by founding father and third American President, Thomas Jefferson.
Jefferson understood that preventing Americans from having access to something automatically means their rights are curtailed.
In his 1792 Report on Navigation of the Mississippi (ME 3:180), Jefferson wrote: “It is a principle that the right to a thing gives a right to the means without which it could not be used, that is to say, that the means follow their end.”
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