This could be a historic decision. Holding gun dealers responsible for the mass slaughter of Americans:
A divided Connecticut Supreme Court ruled Thursday that gun manufacturer Remington can be sued for alleged wrongful marketing of its Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, which was used in the mass murder of children and teachers at Newtown’s Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. . .
A lower court judge previously threw out a wrongful death lawsuit against the company, saying it violated a 2005 federal law called the Protection of Lawful Commerce Act. Justices reversed that ruling in a 4-3 decision, with the majority agreeing that under Connecticut’s advertising laws, firearm companies may be held liable, The Associated Press reported.
Remington is being sued by the relatives of nine victims who were murdered in the massacre, and by one survivor. On Dec. 14, 2012, 20 children and six educators were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
More evidence that gun laws do save lives. The problem is politicians are still afraid of the gun lobby:
States with stricter gun laws and lower rates of gun ownership in general saw a lower rate of mass shootings between 1998 and 2015 than did other jurisdictions where gun laws were more relaxed, according to a new study.
A study published in The BMJ found a significantly higher rate of mass shootings and other gun crimes in states that had higher rates of gun ownership among the population.
“States with more permissive gun laws and greater gun ownership had higher rates of mass shootings, and a growing divide appears to be emerging between restrictive and permissive states,” the study concluded.
“A 10% increase in state gun ownership [in a state] was associated with a significant 35.1% higher rate of mass shootings,” the study said.
You would think these shocking numbers would be discussed by politicians and the media. They are not. That’s why it’s happening. It’s a national crisis and disgrace at the same time:
Guns are the second leading killer of U.S. kids, after car crashes, according to a new report published Wednesday.
Nearly twice as many kids died from gun injuries in 2016 as died from cancer, the study by a team at the University of Michigan found. The gun fatality rate for U.S. children is 36 times higher than the rate in other developed nations, according to the analysis.
And it’s getting worse. “Between 2013 and 2016, there was a 28 percent relative increase in the rate of firearm deaths,” Dr. Rebecca Cunningham of the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center and colleagues wrote.
“The rate in the United States was 36.5 times as high as the overall rate observed in 12 other high-income countries.”
- Only 4 percent of the world’s people live in the United States, but Americans make up a full third of the people worldwide who die by gun suicide each year.