By: Konrad Holden
On Monday, President Biden made a speaking error while addressing gun violence. The speech comes as the ATF released new guidance to take effect later this year that redefines long-agreed upon terms. The new regulations will cause major disruptions for certain firearms-related businesses and make it more difficult for consumers to purchase some goods.
“Imagine had the tobacco industry been immune to prostitute [sic] being sued, come on,” Biden said on Monday.
The President was advancing the notion that gun manufacturers are immune to lawsuits springing from a person’s use of their products.
“Eliminate gun manufacturers’ immunity from liability. They’re the only outfit — they’re the only outfit in the country that is immune,” Biden said. Vaccine manufacturers are also immune to lawsuits because of unintentional side effects of their drugs.
The ATF has just made rules changes that target so-called “ghost guns” or “privately made firearms.”
“Today, the United States Department of Justice is making it is illegal for a business to manufacture one of these kits without a serial number,” Biden said.
Some commentators saw Biden’s gaffe as more evidence of cognitive decline. “No, no, there’s no cognitive decline, this is fine,” Rita Panahi, a columnist, said.
The new ATF rule changes are set to take place later this year.
“Look, this is incredibly rare because gun manufacturers have more immunity from liability than any other American industry, so they have never had to take responsibility for the death and destruction their products cause.” - President Joe Biden