I find this to be very disturbing.
The Connecticut Supreme Court has ruled that the family of a Sandy Hook victim can sue Remington, the maker of the rifle used in the school shooting back in 2012.
NBC NEWS – Gun maker Remington can be sued over how it marketed the Bushmaster rifle used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, a divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Justices issued a 4-3 decision that reinstated a wrongful death lawsuit and overturned a lower court ruling that the lawsuit was prohibited by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from liability in most cases when their products are used in crimes.
The plaintiffs include a survivor and relatives of nine people killed in the massacre. They argue the AR-15-style rifle used by shooter Adam Lanza is too dangerous for the public and Remington glorified the weapon in marketing it to young people.
Remington has denied wrongdoing and previously insisted it can’t be sued under the federal law.
The majority of the high court agreed with most of the lower court’s ruling and dismissed most of the lawsuit’s allegations, but allowed a wrongful marketing claim to proceed.
“The regulation of advertising that threatens the public’s health, safety, and morals has long been considered a core exercise of the states’ police powers,” Justice Richard Palmer wrote for the majority.
I can’t say that I’ve ever seen much marketing from the Remington Bushmaster, but I’d be willing to bet it didn’t show someone using the gun to kill children in a school shooting.
In fact I don’t know of any gun maker that markets their firearms in an irresponsible way.
Why not just sue automakers when someone uses a car to run over people? Or knife makers when someone stabs a woman to death using their knives?
It’s just ridiculous to suggest a firearm manufacturer can be sued because someone used a firearm they made to commit an atrocity.
I hope the Supreme Court puts this activist court in its place.