Here we go again. Yet another Democrat-run city blaming guns for gun-related crimes.
This example is somewhat curious given that police records in this city show an overall decrease in so-called “gun violence” every year from 2008 through 2021, including a 40-percent decrease in non-fatal shootings in the first half of 2022 compared to 2021. Nonetheless, the city of Buffalo, New York, has filed a “first of its kind” lawsuit targeting firearms manufacturers for “gun crimes” — despite New York’s strict gun control regime.
As reported by Fox News, Mayor Byron Brown on Tuesday announced that the wide-ranging lawsuit would be filed against “manufacturers, distributors, and other local gun shops.” Major manufacturers, including Beretta, Smith & Wesson, Bushmaster, Glock, and Remington, are named as defendants in the suit, as well as ghost gun retailers Polymer 80 and Arm or Ally.
Bottom line: This is a “junk lawsuit” that will fail miserably — whether in the lower courts or under later appeal.
Members of our community have suffered too much and for too long from gun violence. We must do everything we can to decrease gun violence. Enabling the possession of illegal guns destroys lives and deeply effects [sic] our neighborhoods, especially in Black and Brown communities.
Wrong, Mr. Mayor. Regardless of how many times gun-grabbers have been shown that guns don’t pull their own triggers, they continue to blame firearms rather than the criminals who pull those triggers. Moreover, I’m unaware of any “illegal guns” manufactured by Baretta, Smith & Wesson, Bushmaster, Glock, or Remington.
nutbag governor, Kathy Hochul, beat Brown to the punch, in June signing a controversial package of 10 gun-control laws that not only increased gun licensing requirement and strengthened the state’s “red flag law,” it even expanded the definition of a regulated “firearm.”
Buffalo corporation counsel Cavette Chambers insisted the city’s lawsuit is not aimed at legal gun ownership:
The City of Buffalo is not going to let these gun industry members continue to flood our City with illegally possessed guns. We must hold them accountable. We have been following the public nuisance law in New York and will be considering additional defendants and causes of action as we get into discovery.
Completely ridiculous. Of course the lawsuit and all relative suits and laws are intended to restrict legal firearms ownership, including the rights of law-abiding gun owners. The truth is that gun-grabbing liberals are incapable of understanding the basic truism that guns don’t kill people; people kill people — whether with guns, knives, their bare hands, or whatever at their disposal to get the job done.
Larry Keane, senior vice president and general counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, summed it up this way:
This is no different from the frivolous and unsuccessful lawsuits filed against firearm manufacturers in the late 1990s and early 2000s by crime-ridden big-city mayors across the country. Those lawsuits failed because they were legally and factually baseless. But they did, however, result in Congress passing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act in 2005 by a broad bipartisan margin.
The ugly little non-secret secret is this: in a majority of cases, murders and other gun-related cases of violence don’t fit nicely into the left’s narrative on “assault rifles,” “weapons of war,” and other such nonsense — including “systemic racism” and “right-wing hate groups.”
As a result, we seldom see the descriptions of murderers and those murdered in news reports of shooting deaths, for example. But when a white guy with an AR-15 or an avowed racist commits a gun-related crime? Completely different story.
Look, every murder is abhorrent, regardless of the melanin content of the shooter’s skin, and all shooters of innocent people should be condemned. But suing gun manufacturers for legally producing legal firearms is simply an irresponsible deflection from the reality of skyrocketing violent crime in Democrat-run cities.