Issue Position: Second Amendment
I know from my study of the history of the Second Amendment that the Founders intended it to protect the right of individual citizens to own, maintain, and shoot firearms. I wholeheartedly agree with protection of a very fundamental right; the right to defense of self and family. Use of firearms for hunting, shooting contests, or just collecting are all equally legitimate as well. Only those who trust government more than the people would want to see firearms removed from private hands. I am absolutely committed to keeping this right intact.
What have I done to protect the Second Amendment? I proudly voted in 2005 to limit abusive lawsuits brought against gun manufacturers by individuals, cities, and states that do not value personal freedom. The legislation provides protection for those in the firearms industry from lawsuits arising out of the criminal acts of people who unlawfully use their products. The idea that a manufacturer or dealer is liable for the criminal actions an individual chooses to make with a product is absurd. If we adopt that legal precedent, then where does it stop? Do we hold car manufacturers and dealers liable for deaths a driver causes when driving recklessly or under the influence? Unable to outlaw gun ownership in the legislature, gun control advocates brought a series of frivolous lawsuits forward, often financed with tax dollars, in the hope not of winning in court, but rather wanting to financially exhaust these companies, many of which are quite small. The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act' was bipartisan, common sense legislation preventing frivolous lawsuits from bankrupting the firearms industry and denying Americans their constitutionally protected right to bear arms. While I am committed to protecting the rights of law-abiding citizens, I am equally committed to reducing the use of firearms by criminals. There are smart ways to reduce gun violence in our country. Lawsuits are not one of them.