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A lawsuit against gun manufacturer Bushmaster has been filed in Superior Court in Bridgeport, Connecticut by the families of nine of the people killed, and another who was wounded, in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. Also named in the suit are the local retailer who sold the AR-15 weapon used by Adam Lanza, 20, to kill 20 first-graders and six educators. He also killed his mother in the home they shared, later turning his gun on himself.
The depraved acts of violence against innocent young children and their teachers shocked the nation. Grief was felt by all who heard of the sadistic slaughter. Yet this lawsuit makes little sense.
“It’s very easy to blame an inanimate object. Any kind of instrument in the wrong hands can be put to evil use. This comes down to intent — criminal behavior, accountability and responsibility,” George Kollitides, the CEO of Freedom Group, which owns Bushmaster, told Washington Times in 2013.
The 40-page negligence and wrongful death suit names Bushmaster as well as a weapons distributor and the retailer that sold the gun used in the shooting. Plaintiffs claim the weapon, purchased by Lanza’s mother two years earlier, should not have been sold because it had no reasonable civilian purpose.
Passed in 2005, the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act shields most gun makers and dealers from civil action “resulting from the criminal or unlawful misuse” of a firearm or ammunition.
Yet Monday in a 51-4 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Dr. Vivek Murthy, a British-born, American-educated internal medicine specialist, to become the 19th surgeon general of the United States. Murthy has been at the center of controversy, tweeting on Oct. 12, 2012, “Tired of politicians playing politics w/ guns, putting lives at risk b/c they’re scared of NRA. Guns are a health care issue.”
He also founded Doctors for America, a national physicians group that worked to pass Obamacare, and has worked to promote the seriously flawed government overreach into American health care.