… THE SANDY HOOK GUN LAWSUIT IS RIDICULOUS
By FITSNEWS || Like any violence, gun violence is awful – and an affront to individual liberty. It’s even more awful when the violence involves the loss of human life. Or when the lives lost are children.
That’s why the Sandy Hook shooting of December 2012 was such a tragedy – and why the families who lost their loved ones on that terrible day deserve to be angry and heartbroken at what happened.
But the calculated response of the far left – i.e. the naked, shameless exploitation of this tragedy to advance a rabidly unconstitutional anti-Second Amendment agenda – is every bit as insidious as the shooting itself. Wait … what? How could we possibly say that? Because as much as the left refuses to admit it – guns save lives. Whereas the absence of guns … well, doesn’t.
And a lot of those lives belong to children …
Anyway, ten families touched by the Sandy Hook tragedy have decided to bring a lawsuit against the companies responsible for the manufacture, distribution and sale of Bushmaster AR-15 rifle used by Adam Lanza during his rampage.
Should they be able to do so? No …
“In 2005 Congress enacted the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) specifically to put an end to product liability suits over guns that had been made and sold in accordance with law,” Walter Olson of The Cato Institute noted. “The courts have generally enforced it as written – even the Ninth Circuit’s famously liberal Judge Stephen Reinhardt agreed that it was constitutional – which has mostly, if not entirely, led to the dismissal of such lawsuits.”
Olson added that “the new Connecticut suit seeks to reopen the question by stretching beyond recognition a narrow exception in the law allowing businesses to be sued over ‘negligent entrustment.'”
We don’t really care about the standard of “negligent entrustment” or the specifics of the PLCAA. In our estimation, it is utterly ridiculous that a law had to be passed in order to keep gun manufacturers, distributors or salespeople from being sued as a result of other people’s actions.
Seriously … that’s crazy talk.
Guns do kill people. Just like drones and, occasionally, enhanced interrogation techniques. Oh, and fatty foods. But guns only kill in the hands of killers. Which makes them just like bare hands (bear hands?), butter knives and Zyklon-B.
To blame a gun manufacturer, distributor or salesperson for an act of violence committed by one of their products is the height of insanity.