The Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012 in Newtown, Connecticut when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children aged between 6 and 7 years old, as well as six adult staff members. Prior to driving to the school, Lanza shot and killed his mother at their Newtown home. As first responders arrived at the scene, Lanza committed suicide by shooting himself in the head.
Several victims families and one survivor filed suit against Remington, the manufacturer of the weapon used.
On October 14,2016, a judge dismissed the suit, citing the 2005 federal law called Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. It protects gun manufacturers from such suits by victims of gun violence.
Let me state this for the record. The death of 20 1st graders and 6 teachers is an absolutely heart wrenching tragedy. It should never be easily dismissed and NEVER forgotten.
Guns have been around since the 13th century. According to the Smithsonian’s website, the first Mass Murder in the U.S. did not happen until 1949. So for 600 years, if we dismiss wars, the O.K. Corral and the like, people didn’t just decide to go on a rampage and kill a bunch of folks.
So, obviously, just because people have access to something doesn’t mean they are going to use it for evil purposes.
If somebody is stupid enough to text and drive, we don’t dare outlaw cell phones because too many people use them. Nobody sues Verizon over it.
An idiot gets behind the wheel after one too many beers and kills an entire family. Nobody thinks to sue Budweiser.
Stupid teenagers toss a pumpkin over a bridge and nearly cost a woman her life. It never occurred to her to sue the pumpkin grower.
Human Beings have been killing each other since the Beginning (Genesis 4-Holy Bible).
If people want to kill, they will do it. Guns just make it a bit easier. However, just like the box cutters used by 9/11 terrorists; it is not the weapon chosen that is at fault but the evil hand yielding it that MUST be CHANGED, and you can NOT that with a lawsuit. No, dear friends, that has to be changed by US. Evil can only be combated by good, not by the pinheads at the law firm of Dewey, Cheatum and Howe.
I fully understand the families wanting someone to pay for this tragedy. The person responsible robbed them of a feeling of justice by taking his own life. They had to find some way to try to make sense of it. There unfortunately is no way to understand, and nothing is ever going to make the pain go away. Even if they had been successful
in their suit against Remington for billions, it would not have made anything better.
They have lost the most precious thing ever and nothing can make that right. It is time we stopped our war against stuff and started standing for what makes a difference: Changing hearts, minds and lives–pulling them away from the darkness and into the light.