Lawsuits Abound in Sandy Hook Deaths. Everyone remembers the horror of 2012 when the 20-year-old gunman killed 20 children and adults in Newtown, Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary School.
I wish I had a magic wand I could wave that would have had that fellow put the gun to his head, and kill himself before he killed so many innocent people. I don’t.
Now the estate of the mother of the gunman is being sued. There must be some money, although the number of people seeking monetary retribution are so numerous, I can’t imagine any significant amount going to any one individual’s family, especially when you take into account what the legal fees will be.
What about a lawsuit against a family friend who would have known the guy was off-center, and there were guns in the house, and did nothing?
Other lawsuits were brought against the store that sold the gun used in the massacre, the distributor of the gun, and the gun manufacturer.
I’m not much on guns, but I think that should be an individual’s choice, and what guns they choose to own. Gun owners are mostly responsible for what they do, but this horrific act focuses on what appears to be the irresponsibility of a mother failing to acknowledge the fact that her son was mentally unbalanced, her unacceptance of that resulting in her death at the hands of her son with the gun he used later at Sandy Hook.
How many mothers have you ever talked to who think their sons can do no wrong, even if they have a criminal rap sheet as long as your arm? Or won’t accept the fact their son is a bully? Or upon observing how disrespectful to other people their son is, does nothing? Society has no answer for this, instead standing by when those sons go on to commit heinous crimes, not in this proportion, but still at the sacrifice of human lives. What’s the answer? I have no idea.
This mother did seem to attempt to do something about it, but why she didn’t have a friend come in and remove the guns from the house when she and her son took a trip, no one knows, or seems to know.
I have great sympathy for the victims and their families in this tragic event, but the lawsuits against the gun people are rather ridiculous. That’s about like saying that an old guy driving a Ford plows into a crowd and kills four or five people because he lost control of the car. Can you imagine lawyers coming in with lawsuits to sue the local Ford dealer, and Ford Motor Company, claiming they should have known this would happen? Ford would need to develop a psychic department to go along with R&D and manufacturing.
I should think what the lawyers are hoping is that a sympathetic jury will find in their favor to the tune of $20 or $30 billion, or whatever they are seeking. If the judge allows graphic pictures from the school on that day, the plaintiffs will probably win. Are plaintiff lawyers planning to enhance their case by introducing pictures of the aftermath at Sandy Hook on that day? If they attempt to, will the judge allow it as non-prejudicial?
Perhaps in the minds of the families of the victims that will give them additional closure to bring these suits. If one of my loved ones had been killed on that day, I don’t think I’d want to relive all of that again. Would you?