The families of nine people murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012, plus a survivor of the massacre, are suing Bushmaster, the North Carolina company that made the semiautomatic rifle Adam Lanza used in the attack. The lawsuit also names as defendants the weapon’s distributor and the East Windsor, Connecticut, gun store that sold it to Nancy Lanza, the killer’s mother. Although none of these businesses broke any laws, the plaintiffs argue that they are guilty of “negligent entrustment” because they made a gun with no legitimate civilian uses available to the general public. Joshua Koskoff, an attorney representing the plaintiffs, told The Wall Street Journal “there is so much ample evidence of the inability of the civilian world to control these weapons that [it] is no longer reasonable to entrust them to [civilians].”
And here we go. Demonization of the firearm. Never mind that this firearm in question was legal to purchase and own at the time of the shooting……never mind that this firearm in question functions no differently than any [generally speaking] other semi-automatic rifle. It looks scary so it must be banned. I don’t blame the lawyers here…they’re just looking to make money off of tragedy…it’s what they do. I don’t even blame the victims families, because they are seemingly simply ignorant of the basic functions of firearms and the lawful nature of the product.
I blame the gun control cabal, who instead of focusing their attention on the root causes of why one resorts to violence…..they pursue the lazy avenue of trying to demonize the tool used in said violence. They do this fully knowledgeable to the lawful nature of these tools and the Constitutional protections guaranteed for their ownership by the citizen. They rely on invented labels and rhetoric and the relative ignorance of the public at large. They preach “gun safety” only because the truthful term of “gun control” has not panned out in their favor…but don’t actually support teaching gun safety. Education is not their goal, but rather a utopian vision that will ultimately leave more victims in it’s wake…as well as the fundamental and Constitutional right to defend oneself with a tool commensurate with the median threat.
– Updated – Eugene Volokhs astute summation of the merits of this case here.