Tell Congress: The gun industry must face accountability
The petition to Congress reads:
"Repeal immunity against civil lawsuits for the gun industry."
Sixteen years ago the Bush Administration gave the gun industry all but blanket immunity against civil lawsuits for deaths and injuries caused by the "criminal or unlawful misuse" of their products. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) was groundbreaking for all the wrong reasons and set the gun manufacturing industry apart from every other business which could be held legally accountable. Indeed, for the most part, it not only blocks judgments but lawsuits against the gun industry most likely won't even get tried.
Now, President Biden wants to do something about it, but he needs Congress’ help. It's time to bring accountability to the gun industry. Sign our petition to tell Congress to repeal the PLCAA.
Other industries like the automobile, pesticide, energy, and tobacco have had to deal with a barrage of litigation for their irresponsible practices, but when it comes to "Big Firearm," they seem to have an arsenal of protections against legal action that other industries simply don't enjoy.
In essence, the U.S. government has given them carte blanche to continue to create lethal products, market them as fun recreational items, and wipe their hands clean of guilt when tragedies like Parkland and Sandy Hook occur.
In the United States, guns and cars nearly tie for the number of fatalities they cause each year. But while a car's primary purpose is to transport people from one point to the next, for many guns — specifically pistols and assault rifles — their intended purpose is to kill. Yet, their legal forcefield discourages change and encourages more profit-focused behavior while ignoring safety.
This cannot stand. Since January 1, 2021, there have been more than 190 mass shootings and 15,300 deaths caused by guns. Yet, the gun industry cannot be held liable for its awful products.
Sign the petition and tell Congress that the PLCAA must go.
It is absurd that the gun industry gets special protections when they are among the most significant contributors to deaths in the United States. For Big Firearm, the PLCAA was the gift that keeps on giving. For the rest of us, it's the gift that keeps on killing. We suffer and grieve in the wake of drivebys, school shootings, and massacres, and all the while, the gun industry knows we are helpless to do anything about it.
This cannot stand. The gun industry must be held responsible for its deadly products. Sign the petition and tell Congress to repeal the PLCAA.