President Biden announced various gun control measures on Thursday while showcasing how good gun manufacturers have it in America. Biden said in the Rose Garden function, “Most people don’t realize, the only industry in America—a billion-dollar industry—that can’t be sued, is exempt from being sued, are gun manufacturers. This is the only outfit that is exempt from being sued.”
Biden pointed out a valid point by comparing the gun manufacturers to the various lawsuits that were filed for years and then later changed the power of the tobacco industry which at one time was considered invincible.
Biden said, “Imagine how different it would be, had that same exemption been available to tobacco companies, who knew and lied about the danger they were causing. Imagine where we’d be.”
President Joe said that if he were granted one wish to change the gun policy then he would end the legislative prohibition which is prevalent on suing gun manufacturers. He said, “Give me that one. Because I’ll tell you what—there would be a come-to-the-Lord moment these folks would have really quickly.”
Biden is of course correct. Joe Sudbay who is a former gun control advocate and a progressive activist constantly points out that gun manufacturers get free passes that no other industry gets. Guns are something that are designed to kill but they are also consumer products however they are exempted from being regulated by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Gun manufacturers also get blanket immunity from all kinds of liabilities, even if a fault of their making leads to defects and causes death, they cannot be held liable.
Everyone that is concerned with gun violence and wants to reduce the proliferation of guns in America is maddened by the politics of gun control. Republican lawmakers are heavily dependent on donations from the National Rifle Association and from others in the gun lobby which has snarled federal gun safety legislations for over 20 years. Senate Republicans often are in the way of progress because they do not want to support Democratic bills even on gun safety. Already in this session, two House-passed gun control bills are awaiting Senate action. It is doubtful that any of these bills will pass the Senate with a simple majority but some measures could attract GOP votes if the filibuster was reformed.
Like improving background checks is very popular. Making it necessary to run background checks on everyone that purchases guns has been polled at 90%, sometimes less or sometimes more, for years. Hence but for the filibuster, making some gun reforms could be possible. It is an annoying reality but this also makes gun control issues an exceptional political movement. The issues are not hiding Democrats or lack of support but abuse of the filibuster and GOP obstructionism.
The politics on gun control has changed a lot which is an encouraging development. In the wake of regular mass shootings, support for gun reforms has increased. Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger tweeted, “The American people expect action. We are asking the Senate to act and vote on H.R. 8 and H.R. 1446 … The Senate must bring them for a vote.”