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By Larry Keane

The first Democratic primary debate between the final two candidates found former Vice President Joe Biden repeating misleading claims about firearm manufacturers, and sadly it’s one of his favorite attack lines that he tees up time and again.

Hillary Clinton tried the same tactic in 2015. Politifact labeled it “false” then, and it’s still false now.

Sunday night’s one-on-one debate between U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and former Vice President Joe Biden was focused on the current Coronavirus crisis.

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders
Former Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., right, greet one another before they participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

During one stretch, though, Biden went on the attack about Sen. Sanders’ previous support of the bipartisan Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), legislation signed into law under President George W. Bush.

Framing False Claims

Biden took swipes at Sen. Sanders. “This man voted against the Brady bill…five times. Background checks – five times. Number one,” Biden said. “Number two, this man…is one of the few Democrats I know who voted to exempt the gun industry from being able to be sued…We should be able to sue drug companies. We should be able to sue tobacco companies. We cannot sue the gun manufacturers because he voted for that years ago.”

Not surprisingly, Biden is completely wrong.

The PLCCA does not totally exempt firearm manufacturers from all liability. Just like other industries, including auto makers, drug companies and others, firearm manufactures can be held liable for defective products, breach of warranty, criminal misconduct and other behaviors for which they are directly responsible.

This is no different from a car company being held liable for defective air bags, but not when a drunk driver kills a pedestrian. Biden knows this and continues his deceptive claims.

Facts Matter

More likely, the former vice president isn’t concerned about the facts regarding firearms. He’s made a point of his campaign to put firearm manufacturers on notice, stating “I’m coming for you. Period.”

He’s also argued with law-abiding Second Amendment advocates about his gun control platform, pronounced that he’ll install former U.S. Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke (D – Texas) as his gun control sheriff, falsely claimed nearly half the U.S. population was killed by criminal misuse of guns and received the endorsement and financial backing of three of the nation’s largest gun control groups for his campaign.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been in the political arena for decades. He knows words matter. He also knows there’s not just a pattern of exaggeration, but knows voters are paying attention and challenging him on his gun grabs.

Doubling down shows those in the firearm industry, the man who wants to be the next chief executive is nothing more than a lying dog-faced pony soldier.


Larry Keane is SVP for Government and Public Affairs, Assistant Secretary and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation.

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    • Well, with how much of his brain has turned into swiss cheese at this point, does he even know the difference? Though I do love the fact that the best the DNC could come up with is a senile old man and an outright Bolshevik. Time to sweep The House, The Senate, and the White House… 80% GOP Rule 2020.

      • Lyin’ Joe is just holding stealth candidate Hillary Clinton’s place in line. Wait until Convention time. He never was the real candidate. Hillary still basically owns the DNC. And she wants another shot at the title.

        • Yeah… When he came out with a pledge to make his VP a woman, we all knew who was starching up her pansuits.

        • Kamala Harris is a far better choice, since she checks the gender and the race box for the Leftists…

    • …the old: How do you tell if a politician is lying? His lips are moving. …except for Bloomberg. He managed to spout an amazing pile of B.S. without moving his lips.

    • I’m wondering if Creepy Joe has CJD, or “mad cow disease”.

      Either that or his favorite reading is Joseph Goebbels. “If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes the truth”.

    • Joe…[and the democratic party]…are banking on gun control being a winner this time…we’ll see….

  1. Biden and Sanders: Facts – what Facts? We don’t need no stupid Facts! We just make up what we want and have our media fiends/friends spread them around. We are DemoTaters! Heil Biden! Heil Sanders! (hand held up like to Hitler)

  2. Biden PROVES he’s little more the a walking/talking turd every time he opens his pie-hole.
    I’m surprised his staff hasn’t resorted to tackling him as he steps toward a mic, just to minimise damage to the campaign.

    • I agree James, the problem is we have too many talking/walking turds in this country nowadays, and some of them vote. In addition, these turds are becoming cocky with the shortage on toilet paper.

    • The Democrats WANT to lose so they can win at next presidential election. In the meantime they are preaching to their converted.

  3. It is entertaining and scary to read different accounts of Biden’s many faux pas. For example when he launched on a young lady at a college recently and called her a lying, dog-faced pony soldier. Vox immediately reported it as “Biden jokingly called …” whereas Fox reported it pretty much as a scathing attack on a student.

    I guess that it depends on which echo chamber reflects your innermost feelz as to how you view Biden.

    I’ve noticed that even some (more moderate) Democrats are realizing that he is a vulgar, lying POS who sees himself as Emperor when preening in front of the Public, the Press or a camera.

  4. The thing is Joe probably does not remember he already lied about that, and as Seinfeld’s character G.Costanza would say, “it’s not a lie if you believe it.”

  5. Approximately 862,000 abortions were performed in the United States in 2017. In 2019 there were 15,292 people fatally shot in our country (excluding suicides). The larger set of deaths is based on approved abortion laws while the smaller one is constantly under attack even though possession of firearms is constitutionally legal. Why is it so important to violate constitutional rights when legal abortions claim over 56 times as many lives? Another great example of democratic reasoning.

    • Because “muh’ vagina”… This is what happens when you have universal suffrage. People vote for their own convenience rather than for the health of the nation as a whole.

      • “Because “muh’ vagina””

        The VP Creepy Joe selects will be able to say that when asked why she was chosen for the position. Way to play the identity politics card HARD when it’s the only card in your hand Joe.
        What a dim witted moron.

    • I hate abortion. It should be abolished as a form of birth control as it is being used now. Seeing how many screwed up democrats there are out there, one must suppose that the wrong people are being aborted.

    • The “Party of Science” knows that one person can have two brains, two hearts, and four arms, because Science!

  6. There should be fact checkers there that silence their microphones and tell the American ppl the truth every time they lie.

  7. Biden belongs in a mental institution for the remainder of his life. The man is a menace to our country and an embarrassment to our political system. Perhaps we need a Congressional “Red Flag” process for the likes of Joe Biden.

      • The stupid is relative for the left, just keep the public school system pumping out minions dumber then the politicians, that way the Dumbocrap voter base won’t notice how retarded their elected “leaders” in Washington ACTUALLY are.
        It’s the theory of retarded relativity.

  8. And Biden also continues to tell the story about his wife and daughter being killed by a drunk driver. Facts show the other driver was not at fault, and not drinking.

    “Biden’s first wife, Neilia. Neilia was carrying their 13-month-old infant daughter with her, and young sons Beau and Hunter were in the car, too. They were on their way to buy a Christmas tree when the accident occurred. Police at the time made the determination that Mrs. Biden drove into the path of the oncoming truck, possibly because she was looking the wrong way at a stop sign. Neilia and the girl died of their injuries.”

  9. Of course Slow Joe constantly repeats the same old lies — he can’t remember any new ones.

    The doddering old fool has Bidenheimer’s Disease.

  10. All Jim Crow Gun Control Joe and his ilk do is fill the heads of useful idiots with manure. You see the results when these useful idiots regurgitate on blogs what they’ve been fed. If they cannot win the debate then you are called a racist and a nazi that wants to see children die. The fact is gun control is firmly rooted in racism and genocide. That fact makes history illiterate politically inept gun control useful idiots racists and nazis. That’s chiseled.

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  12. Mr. Buffoon if nothing else is full of Shit,so much so that as one passes by him there is a distinct outhouse smell.

  13. Concerning Mr. Biden, how about putting him out of his misery. Speaking for myself only, I do not much care for Trump or Sanders either. Seems a damned shame that the above mentioned are seemingly the best that this country can offer for the highest elective office.

    • For the good of the party, President Biden will have a medical incident about 7 months into term. Does anyone know who the nominated VP is?

  14. If Bernie drops out, don’t expect to see Biden until the convention, except is heavily edited, pre-recorded clips where they can cut all the mistakes and do another take if necessary.

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