Giffords asks supporters to “help hold the gun lobby accountable” by putting the organization in their will or designating it as a beneficiary on their retirement/life insurance plans: pic.twitter.com/JuRegGP5Wq
— Rob Romano (@2Aupdates) August 29, 2023
It seems the stereotype of ambulance-chasing lawyers holds true for those at the gun control group Giffords Law Center. They just want you to hold on long enough to alter your will or living trust to fork over whatever money you won’t need in the afterlife to their favorite cause – stripping Americans of their Second Amendment freedoms.
It would be easy to miss if you’re not on the Giffords email lists. They’re not putting out reverse-mortgage-style commercials (yet), but Rob Romano at Firearms Policy Coalition posted to X, the social media site formerly called Twitter, posted personal appeal for his money should the unfortunate happen. Unfortunate or him, at least. Giffords Law Center is looking to make a windfall.
The money will be surely well-spent. Giffords’ solicitation claims that by putting affirmations into action, bequeathed money will “keep yourself and loved ones safe while fighting for laws, policies, and programs proven to save lives long into the future.”
Don’t think that Giffords is suddenly going to advocate for actually locking up criminals that misuse firearms. It won’t hold corrupt and soft-on-crime, George Soros-backed district attorneys accountable for turning America’s metropolitan areas into post-apocalyptic hellscapes and it won’t back programs that actually teach firearm safety and safe firearm storage. They won’t go that far.
Giffords said in their solicitation that pledges made to Giffords Law Center will protect people and pets in donors’ lives, plan for the distribution of assets and “help hold the gun lobby accountable.”
Safeguarding the Pet (Project)
What the money bequeathed to them will really do is line lawyers’ pockets as they drag firearm manufacturers into court over bogus claims. Giffords has a hobby-farm of lawyers and self-described “experts” who specialize in blaming firearm manufacturers for the harm caused by criminals. They use the courts to try to convince judges and juries that a firearm that was lawfully made and lawfully sold, and subsequently misused by a criminal to harm someone else, is somehow the fault of the manufacturer.
That’s like telling Louisville Slugger that they should have known their baseball bats would be used as weapons to assault someone, so pay up.
It’s a long-term battle that Giffords, along with Michael Bloomberg’s-bankrolled Everytown for Gun Safety and Brady United, are waging to convince lawmakers to roll back the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). That’s the law enacted in 2005, after both the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passed with a wide bipartisan consensus, that prevents frivolous lawsuits against firearm manufacturers for the harm caused by the criminal misuse of their products by remote third parties.
These lawsuits were never successful when they were tried in the late 1990s and early 2000s. That was when President Bill Clinton’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary Andrew Cuomo said the point of all those lawsuits wasn’t to be successful. It was to inflict overwhelming legal costs, or “death by a thousand cuts.”
At the same time, the Clinton administration was twisting the arms of firearm manufacturers to get them to support gun control legislation. The Federalist Society noted that then-New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer tried to coerce GLOCK into going along with gun control by offering a Cosa Nostra-style offer…one they couldn’t refuse.
He told them to sign an agreement to cave in to President Clinton’s gun control demands. Then Spitzer promised, “if you do not sign, your bankruptcy lawyers will be knocking at your door.”
Giffords thinks it knows best what to do with your money after you’re dead and gone. After all, Giffords PAC has given over $1.7 million in contributions to gun control candidates since 1990. They’ve spent nearly $3 million in lobbying efforts to force through unconstitutional gun control laws since 1998 and doled out $6.6 million in outside spending since 2000.
The only pets that will be kept safe by bequeathing money to Giffords will be pet gun control lawyers.