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Parkland Parents Suing Gunmaker of AR-15 Used in Shooting
"So long from the Gunshine State."
- Gordon Solie/Marc Caputo
I'm not surprised Parkland Parents are suing the gun and the store where the gun was purchased. Moreso surprised it took this long. Some people are focused on the shooter and government idiots whose series of f*ckups led to the shooting (see Hero Student Files Lawsuit Against Broward County Sheriff’s Office and Parkland Father Savages Broward County Schools After New Report). Others, not so much.
The families of two victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting on Wednesday sued the maker and seller of the weapon used in the rampage, claiming they should be held partially responsible for what Nikolas Cruz did with it.
The parents of Jaime Guttenberg and Alex Schachter want a judge to clear the way for them to claim damages against American Outdoor Brands, formerly known as Smith & Wesson, and Sunrise Tactical Supply. The Coral Springs store is where Cruz purchased the AR-15-style weapon used in the Feb. 14 shooting spree.
The following commentary isn't an attack on the parents. Full stop.
I can't begin to imagine their lives right now. So my heart goes out to them. I just think they have the wrong people advising them.
And as Politico points out, this mayhaps be easier said than done.
Though the law does not explicitly prohibit individuals from suing, it does have this finding that might complicate a lawsuit from victims’ families: “The Legislature finds and declares that the manufacture, distribution, or sale of firearms and ammunition by manufacturers, distributors, or dealers duly licensed by the appropriate federal and state authorities is a lawful activity and is not unreasonably dangerous, and further finds that the unlawful use of firearms and ammunition, rather than their lawful manufacture, distribution, or sale, is the proximate cause of injuries arising from their unlawful use.” That phrase “proximate cause” is not an accident, by the way.
Not to mention, the slippery slope. They're suing the people who made the tool used in a crime. What if the crime was vehicular manslaughter? Where the tool used in the accidental death was a Tesla? What if the crime was identity theft? Where the tool used to kipe someone's social security number was a laptop? What if the crime was a prank gone bad, and it was discovered someone found the prank target simply by saying "Hey Siri..."
Point is, you can't blame the tool used for a person's actions. Any more than we can blame diabetes on a refrigerator.
This isn't about the gun. It's about the left's decades-long vendetta against the NRA being better than them at voter turnout. They just use grieving parents as their tool.