The Supreme Court just dealt a huge blow to gun manufacturers everywhere. While the ramifications aren’t imminent to all manufacturers, it could be very soon.
It wasn’t that a ruling was necessarily made, but rather it was a rejection to an appeal by the Supreme Court which means that the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting can sue the maker of the weapon used in the incident, that company is Remington.
According to ABC,
The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms that argued it should be shielded by a 2005 federal law preventing most lawsuits against firearms manufacturers when their products are used in crimes.
The case is being watched by gun control advocates, gun rights supporters and gun manufacturers across the country, as it has the potential to provide a roadmap for victims of other mass shootings to circumvent the federal law and sue the makers of firearm
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 public. Gunman Adam Lanza used it to kill 20 first graders and six educators. It also alleges Remington targeted younger, at-risk males in marketing and product placement in violent video games. Lanza was 20 years old.
I’m not even going to get into the argument of whether or not the Sandy Hook massacre really occurred or not.
I know there are some people out there who do believe it really happened, and I know people who don’t think it really happened. I’ve seen the evidence for both sides. I have my own opinion and I’m just going to leave it at that.
But for a moment, let’s at least assume that it did happen. There is no way that a gun manufacturer should be held liable for any crimes that are committed with their products. We don’t go after Ford or Honda when people die in car crashes. Why not? You can’t just have arbitrary standards and move the line whenever it’s convenient to do so.