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Families Of Sandy Hook Victims Allowed To Sue AR-15 Manufacturer, Judge Rules

The Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Sandy Hook victims’ families can move forward with a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the AR-15-style gun used by the shooter in the 2012 Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school attack.

“The court ruled that the Sandy Hook families should have the opportunity to prove that Remington violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) by marketing what it knew was a weapon designed for military use to civilians,” reported the Hartford Courant.

In 2012, a mass shooter used his mother’s legally-purchased AR-15 to massacre 20 first graders, six educators, and his mother.

As noted by The Wall Street Journal, “The ruling allows the plaintiffs to move forward with their claims that Remington Outdoor Co. violated Connecticut’s law against unfair trade practices by allegedly promoting the rifle as a combat weapon intended for waging war and killing human beings.”

“[I]t falls to a jury to decide whether the promotional schemes alleged in the present case rise to the level of illegal trade practices and whether fault for the tragedy can be laid at their feet,” justices wrote in the majority decision.

The plaintiffs’ lawsuit claimed the AR-15 used in the 2012 massacre “had been marketed as a weapon of war, invoking the violence of combat and using slogans like ‘Consider your man card reissued,'” noted The New York Times. “Lawyers pointed out advertising — with messages of combat dominance and hyper-masculinity — that resonated with disturbed young men who could be induced to use the weapon to commit violence,” the outlet added.

In 2017, Joshua D. Koskoff, a lawyer representing the victims’ families, argued that “Remington may never have known [the shooter], but they had been courting him for years.”

Notably, the weapon used by the shooter was legally purchased by the man’s mother, who was murdered by her son on the day of the massacre.

The shooting “was a tragedy that cannot be forgotten,” argued James B. Vogts, a lawyer for Remington. “But no matter how tragic, no matter how much we wish those children and their teachers were not lost and those damages not suffered, the law needs to be applied dispassionately.”

“There is no need for a legal re-examination of the law,” said Vogts. “Under the law, the manufacturer of the gun used by the criminal that day isn’t responsible legally for his actions.”

A Connecticut judge ruled last month that Infowars host Alex Jones will have to undergo a sworn deposition in the defamation case brought against the host by relatives of the victims in the Sandy Hook shooting.

“Discussions on Jones’ web show have called the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre a hoax, and lawsuits by families of eight victims and a first responder say they’ve been subjected to harassment and death threats from Jones’ followers,” reported NBC News, adding: “Jones has defended the discussions on his show. He has cited First Amendment rights and says he believes the shooting happened.”

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. C. L. Cake

    March 15, 2019 at 12:59 am

    My first wife was killed by a distracted driver in a Ford F-150 pickup, does this ruling mean I can sue Ford now?

  2. fred

    March 15, 2019 at 1:21 am

    THE PARENTS SHOULD BE SUED FOR NOT PROTECTING THEIR CHILDREN BY ALLOWING THEM TO ATTEND THIS SCHOOL, OBVIOUS CHILD NEGECT

  3. chris

    March 15, 2019 at 1:37 am

    This judge must really love AOC’s hairbrained ideas.

  4. John Bloxson Jr.

    March 15, 2019 at 2:03 am

    This is sick liberalism Adam Lonza assualted and murdered his mother took her guns bought legally and went to Sandyhook Elementary school Colt did not go there nor did Armlite Rifle, it was not the gun manufacturer nor was it the gun it was a person with known mental instability. I feel bad for the parents who lost childern that evil day but it was not the Guns Fault nor was it the Manufacturers fault it was a perverted Evil young man’s fault. He will pay for his crimes for eternity in the Lake of Fire.

  5. stevor

    March 15, 2019 at 3:00 am

    this could be interesting because some people who have tried to show those kids existed could not find any proof that they existed!

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