Monday, February 15, 2021

To Your Congressmen

I see President Biden has announced his long-expected gun ban proposals.  One in particular he labels "eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers who knowingly put weapons of war on our streets."  By this he means repeal of PLCAA, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (2005), which protected gun makers, distributors, and retailers from liability for criminal misuse of guns.  I am confident that you will vote down Biden's absurd proposals.  I also know that many moderate Democrats and Republicans anxious to prove their preference for Biden over Trump will be inclined to vote for it.  Just remind them that such a change in liability, were it applied to automobiles, would hold car makers and dealers responsible for all deaths caused by criminal misuse of cars including drunk drivers, getaway cars, and the tens of thousands of traffic accident deaths.  

Remind them also that the false label "weapons of war" includes at least 20 million rifles sold to Americans over the last few years, and millions more purchased before that.  The Supreme Court decision DC v. Heller (2008) for which I helped draft amicus briefs, held that arms in common use are protected by the Second Amendment.  Do they want that many angry people voting against them in the primary or general elections?  The Republican Party is very close to losing many of its voters because of the four years of Republican opposition to President Trump.  The Party can become a permanent loser if Republican Congressmen vote for repeal of PLCAA.

If you are represented by one of those moderate Democrats or RINOs, you may want to omit the " I am confident that you will vote down Biden's absurd proposals" sentence and the two last sentences of the second paragraph.  And obviously, you did not write amicus briefs for Heller.

Find your member of the House here; Senators here.

1 comment:

  1. If you assisted with the briefs for Mr. H, you and I have a common friend in the fight.