Here we go again, Blame the gun and not the IDIOT holding it

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        Don’t blame him?

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But this is at fault?

Families of Newton victims sue gun manufacturer

The families of nine people killed in the Newtown school massacre filed a lawsuit against the maker and sellers of the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used in the shooting, saying the gun should not have been sold for civilian use because of its overwhelming firepower.

The lawsuit alleging wrongful death and negligence was filed in state court and announced on Monday ? the day after the second anniversary of the shooting, which left 20 children and six educators dead and became a rallying point for gun-control efforts.

In addition to Bushmaster, the defendants are Camfour, a firearm distributor, and Riverview Gun Sales, the now-closed East Windsor store where the gunman’s mother purchased the Bushmaster rifle in 2010. Messages seeking comment from the defendants were not immediately returned.

The complaint says the gun allows shooters to inflict “unparalleled civilian carnage.”

“In order to continue profiting from the sale of AR-15s, defendants chose to disregard the unreasonable risks the rifle posed outside of specialized, highly regulated institutions like the armed forces and law enforcement,” the plaintiffs wrote in the complaint.

The so-called AR-15 rifle was first built by Armalite for military use, but the design was later acquired by Colt, which in the early 1960s began marketing the semi-automatic AR-15 rifle as the civilian version of its fully automatic M-16.

Many other companies have since begun manufacturing and selling AR-15-type rifles. The weapons are popular in shooting competitions due to the light weight of the gun and ammunition and the weapon’s accuracy.

Bill Sherlach, whose wife, Mary, was killed in the shooting, said he believes in the Second Amendment but also that the gun industry needs to be held to “standard business practices” when it comes to assuming the risk for producing, making and selling a product.

“These companies assume no responsibility for marketing and selling a product to the general population who are not trained to use it nor even understand the power of it,” he said.

A 2005 law shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products, but it does include an exception for cases where companies should know a weapon is likely to be used in a way that risks injury to others. A lawyer for the Newtown families, Katie Mesner-Hage, said the lawsuit appears to be the first of its kind against a manufacturer to claim that exception.

“I think it has the potential to have wide-ranging effect with respect to this particular gun,” Mesner-Hage said of the AR-15.

Marc Bern, a New York City attorney, represents many victims of the 2012 mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, where 12 people were killed and 70 injured. He said the 2005 law was a barrier to legal action for his clients, and he believes the Newtown families will have a difficult case to prove.

“There’s no way that they can anticipate something like this can happen,” Bern said about Bushmaster.

The plaintiffs in the case stemming from the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre include the families of Sherlach, Vicki Soto, Dylan Hockley, Noah Pozner, Lauren Rousseau, Benjamin Wheeler, Jesse Lewis, Daniel Barden, Rachel D’Avino and a teacher, Natalie Hammond, who was injured and survived.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

My commentary:

I am not a big assault rifle nut but do own hand guns, But this issue keeps coming up every time someone does something stupid. If A drunk driver kills a family of four no one is outraged about the carnage just want the person responsible to be held accountable, Why is there such outrage when a gun is involved.

A car does not hurt anyone when it is sitting in the garage, A gun does not hurt anyone when sitting in a safe. In both cases that changes when human interaction occurs. And when someone else is hurt it is because of negligence in both cases. I do not believe in accidental discharges with guns, They are negligent discharges. When there is a incident with a car it is because someone was negligent plain and simple.

Lets start holding people responsible for their own actions and quit making excuses for bad behavior, If he was poor when he was young is no excuse, If he is of color is no excuse. If someone does something terrible lets try to find out how we stop the kind of anger or hate in the first place.

Guns will never go away for the bad guys, Gun control only affects the honest people that do not do those things in the first place.

Tell me what you think on this one I would really like to hear.

Marty 

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2 comments

  1. Each time the media personalizes the shooter or the criminal with phrases like “HE HAD A GOOD HEART” or ” HE WAS.NEVER.MEAN .TO ANYONE ” , they start the cycle again as.someone sees he going to be.remembered as a.good.person. So why not.

    Do not remember the piece of garbage as a human being, remember him as the animal he was. Remember him as a disgusting thug and it might stop the next.shooter because he does not want to be labeled that.way.

    Just a thought

  2. The media will say and do whatever the popular thing is at the time to sell papers or airtime, or more importantly advertising. They are heavily concentrated on the making money aspect thus the lack of character or moral ground.
    The over dramatization of these events leads to more events in the sick mind. and part of the allure is the taking of ones own life and take the secrets with them, thus more drama and attention.

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