When the now-bankrupt gun manufacturer Remington agreed to a $73 million settlement earlier this year with the families of five children and four adults killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, defenders of the Second Amendment warned that it would be a green light for the Far-Left to sue gun manufacturers out of business.
The Sandy Hook case was initially considered an unwinnable harassment suit under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) — duly enacted and signed into law to prevent agenda-driven “lawfare” from driving gun manufacturers and dealers out of business — but now the Remington settlement has become a blueprint showing the Far-Left how they can sue gun manufacturers into bankruptcy.
Will the Supreme Court protect the Second Amendment against these frivolous lawsuits? Based on its recent history concerning the Remington case, it’s not looking too good.
In September 2019, Remington Arms asked the Supreme Court to hear their appeal of a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling that allowed gun manufacturers to be held liable for the Sandy Hook shooting after a lower court had dismissed the case under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.
However, SCOTUS refused to hear the case; the Connecticut Supreme Court ruling on the matter was final, and the wheels were set in motion to make it easier for anti-Second Amendment leftists to sue gun manufacturers out of business.
Fresh on the heels of the Remington settlement, at least one lawyer is preparing to sue the gun manufacturer for the racially motivated May 14 mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store using a New York law similar to the law in Connecticut.
Also in New York, a woman who was injured during the April 12 mass shooting aboard a NYC subway car is suing Glock Inc for not being clairvoyant (via Reuters):
A New York woman who was injured during the April 12 mass shooting aboard a New York City subway car has sued Glock Inc, arguing the gun manufacturer should have known its weapons could be purchased by people with criminal intent.
Brooklyn resident Ilene Steur, 49, is seeking to have the Georgia-based company and its Austrian parent, Glock Ges.m.b.H, compensate her for physical injuries and emotional pain she suffered after she was shot on the northbound N train while on her way to work, according to the complaint.
Her lawsuit comes after New York state in 2021 passed a law allowing people affected by gun violence to sue gunmakers for creating a “nuisance” that endangers public safety and health. Steur asked a judge to order Glock to “eradicate the effects” of its marketing practices. (Emphasis mine)
Clearly, gun manufacturers shouldn’t be held responsible for crimes committed with their products, no more than Ford Motor Company should be held responsible for the Waukesha, Wisconsin, Christmas parade massacre when Darrell Edward Brooks Jr. slid behind the wheel of his red 2010 Ford Escape to mow down as many old, white people as possible.
Reasonable people would agree that Brooks, and not the car’s manufacturer, is the one responsible for the horrific events of that day. Yet, unreasonable people with an agenda are pushing for gun manufacturers to be held responsible for what disturbed people do with their products, which are legally made and sold in this country.
Believe it or not, the anti-Second Amendment leftists’ plan to sue gun manufacturers out of business recently received a boost when the government of Mexico filed a lawsuit against American companies with support from U.S. district attorneys (via DavisVanguard.org):
More than 25 district attorneys from throughout the U.S. – including San Francisco DA Chesa Boudin – are encouraging a federal court to green light a lawsuit by the Mexican government that claims U.S. gun makers are culpable for crimes that take place in Mexico.
“We must hold these gun manufacturers accountable for the devastating violence and harm they are inflicting on our communities…(they) send guns to Mexico, where transnational drug cartels use them to inflict violence on both sides of the border. These gun manufacturers are empowering the drug traffickers flooding our streets with fentanyl and methamphetamines,” said Boudin.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts in August last year, arguing U.S. gun manufacturers are avoiding “strict Mexican gun laws” by trafficking of guns to Mexican cartels.
The brief argues “manufacturers should be liable for designing and marketing weapons knowing they will end up in the hands of Mexican cartels and subsequently funneled back into U.S. cities, along with vast quantities of drugs. (Emphasis mine)
Recent gun violence has also provided new life for a bill introduced about a year ago by Democrats in Congress, the Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act. This anti-Second Amendment legislation would repeal federal protections for arms manufacturers and dealers under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act and open the spigot to big paydays for “victims of gun violence” and, eventually, the U.S. government itself.
Destroy the Constitution and get paid too? Talk about a win-win.
So far this week, we’ve witnessed the beginnings of the Republican Party’s cave to the Far-Left gun control agenda, and we’ve learned about Joe Biden’s plan to bring Canada’s handgun ban to America in order to bring an end to gun violence in America “forever.”
With anti-Second Amendment extremists driving the agenda, America was already standing at the precipice of the Abyss of tyranny and the loss of liberty. And if they succeed with their plan to sue gun manufacturers out of business, that will be all they need to push her over the edge.
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.