Sandy Hook follow up targets Bushmaster

The negligence and wrongful death lawsuit filed in Bridgeport Superior Court by the families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured at the Sandy Hook Elementary School asserts that the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle should not have been made publicly available because it was designed for military use and is unsuited for hunting or home defense.

Unsuited for hunting or home defense? That is a bald-faced lie. It is only THE MOST POPULAR rifle in the US for exactly those purposes. And, the AR-15 is not the same as the M-16 or M-4 that the military uses, and you can’t make an M-16 from an AR-15.

In addition to Bushmaster (Remington), the families have named Camfour, a firearm distributor, and Riverview Gun Sales, the store where the Bushmaster rifle was purchased in 2010.

The 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act was specifically intended to block this sort of litigation. The the plaintiffs are asking for an exception to the 2005 Lawful Commerce in Firearms Act under the theory of negligent entrustment. The complaint seems to argue that the defendants are liable under the exception for “negligent entrustment” claims, saying entrustment of AR-15 rifles to civilians is not “reasonable,” because civilians supposedly can’t be trusted to engage in “safe and intelligent use of those weapons…” But the “negligent entrustment” exception to the federal Act is limited to situations where a seller “knows, or reasonably should know” that the particular buyer “is likely to, and does, use the product in a manner involving unreasonable risk of physical injury to the person or others.” The exception applies only to the seller, not the manufacturer. Their attorneys will apparently also argue that the companies are liable for the deaths at Sandy Hook because they knowingly sold civilians weapons only meant for combat. They say their purpose is to stop the “funneling of military weapons to civilians,” and that “Our feeling is the ultimate responsibility lies with Bushmaster.” Feeling, not fact.

Of course the Second Amendment applies to civilian possession of military weapons. That is why the amendment is there.

The plaintiffs are in cahoots with Democrat lobbyist Karen Hinton, who will “promote the action.” Hinton formerly worked for the Democrat National Committee, is “a close ally of Andrew Cuomo (the leftist governor of NY),” and was Bill Clinton’s housing secretary in the 1990s. The plaintiffs are also working with Michael Koskoff, an attorney who represented Michael Jackson’s family in a $1.5 billion wrongful death lawsuit against his international concert promoter.

I’m thinking the lawyers should go to jail for filing a frivolous suit, and the plaintiffs should receive mental evaluations.

In fact, the parents are as much to blame as anyone other than the killer himself, because they didn’t force the school district to arm its staff to protect their kids. So it’s the parents fault, just as much as if they had failed to make their kids buckle up in the car before a fatal crash. They should sue themselves. Bushmaster didn’t do it. The NRA didn’t do it. You didn’t do it. They did. has a couple of Bushmaster AR models for $549 after rebate.

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