ROCKINGHAM COUNTY – The Sandy Hook elementary school shooting in December of 2012 was a tragedy of such a magnitude as to defy comprehension. In the wake of that tragedy gun control activists again exploited this horrific loss to obscure responsibility and blame the gun, the Second Amendment, and even the manufacturer for this demented act of evil.
The latter false assignment of responsibility has now been officially sanctioned by the Supreme Court of the United States as it gives the green light to a lawsuit filed by a parent of a Sandy Hook victim against the manufacturer of the gun he used, a Bushmaster “AR-15-style” rifle. The maker of that gun, Remington Arms, is headquartered right here in Madison, North Carolina and they could be blamed, in part, for the murder of innocent children because they merely sold a legal gun to the public in THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
“The case is being watched by gun control advocates, gun rights supporters and gun manufacturers across the country because it has the potential to provide a roadmap for victims of other mass shootings to circumvent the federal law and sue the makers of firearms.
The court’s order allows the lawsuit filed in Connecticut state court by a survivor and relatives of nine victims who died at the Newtown, Connecticut, school on Dec. 14, 2012, to go forward.
The lawsuit says the Madison, North Carolina-based company should never have sold a weapon as dangerous as the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle to the general public. It also alleges Remington targeted younger, at-risk males in marketing and product placement in violent video games. Opponents of the suit contend that gunman Adam Lanza alone is responsible for killing 20 first graders and six educators. He was 20 years old. […]”
The father spearheading the suit says, while he respects the Second Amendment, there should be responsibility for “reckless advertising and marketing.” Having endured the worst of life’s losses, this father’s campaign for an accounting of the unspeakable wrong done to his child and family is understandable. Yet a worthy pursuit of closure doesn’t negate the Second Amendment. Proposals beginning with ‘I respect the Second Amendment, BUT’ are attempts to do just that. More importantly, cannot change the fact that the shooter of that gun and he alone is responsible for this tragedy, as painfully unfulfilling as that reality is for these parents.
That was exactly the point of of a gun industry group that’s actually based in Newtown, Connecticut.
“[…] A leading gun industry group, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, which happens to be based in Newtown, said it was disappointed the Supreme Court declined to review the case but is confident Remington will win in the trial court.
“Nothing in Remington’s advertising of these products connotes or encourages the illegal or negligent misuse of firearms,” the group said in a statement. “We continue to feel sympathy toward the Sandy Hook victims, as NSSF is headquartered in Newtown, but Adam Lanza alone is responsible for his heinous actions.” […]”
While the case is viewed as a positive step by gun control advocates anxious to sue gun makers out of business, the Supreme Court decision merely allowed it to go to trial. Once there, lawyers for the North Carolina based gun manufacturer can point out the unjustified, unconstitutional, and dangerous misassignment of blame for an admittedly horrible tragedy.
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