On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump (R) and former Vice President Joe Biden (D) will take the stage in the first of three planned presidential debates leading up to the Nov. 3 election.
When it comes to the Second Amendment and the respective stances of Trump and Biden, their views could not be further apart. Here are a few questions that could be asked of Biden about the Second Amendment during Tuesday’s debate to illustrate just how starkly different the two candidate’s positions are. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), enacted in 2005, was designed to protect the firearms industry from being held liable for the criminal misuse of its products. Yet, you want to repeal the PLCAA. You say this is “a protection granted to no other industry,” but can you name another industry against which the legal system was being used in this way? Did this happen to the auto industry because some people illegally drive while intoxicated? How about the knife industry, the baseball bat industry, the drug industry, or any other? After all, the PLCAA is designed to protect firearms manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits designed to functionally bankrupt the industry. It does not, however, protect manufacturers or dealers if they break the law, or from normal product-liability claims. It simply stops them from being held liable if criminals misuses their products. Biden, nevertheless, believes this industry should be held liable for the acts of criminals. Biden, when he was a U.S. Senator at the time, voted against the PLCAA in 2005, and his campaign website explicitly states that he will “prioritize repealing” the act. He even attacked then-rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) earlier this year for voting in favor of the PLCAA, with Biden saying that he “will not rest until they’re able to sue the gun manufacturers.” [full article]