Monday, December 15, 2014

This Suit Should Fail

Via Yahoo News, Reuters reports families of children shot at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT, are suing gun manufacturer Bushmaster for building the AR-15 assault rifle used in the killings. Should they win we will have put our foot on a slippery slope.

There are several lawful uses for the weapon in question. There are also lawful uses for a Chevrolet. Suppose a bad person uses a Chevy to run down and kill a crowd of people, is it General Motors' or the dealer's fault? Suppose someone evil takes a pillow and uses it to suffocate their old granny, is that the fault of the pillow maker and/or vendor?

Knives, baseball bats, fireplace pokers, archery equipment, even a length of clothesline rope can all be lethal weapons. Ditto a broken bottle or a hammer. Should all those manufacturers be held liable for murders done with their products? I don't think so, I'll bet you don't either.