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The U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for a lawsuit to proceed against the manufacturer of the rifle that was used in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.
The justices rejected an appeal Tuesday from Remington Arms that argued a 2005 federal law shields firearms manufacturers from most lawsuits when their products are used in crimes.
The court’s order allows a survivor and relatives of nine victims who died in the Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting in 2012 to pursue their claims.
The lawsuit claims that Remington Arms never should have sold a weapon as dangerous as the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle that gunman Adam Lanza used to kill 20 first-graders and six educators. It also alleges Remington targeted younger, at-risk males in marketing and product placement in violent video games.
WIBC host Tony Katz responded to the Supreme Court’s decision on Tuesday morning.
“I have absolutely no way to understand any level of pain that the Sandy Hook families feel or have felt. That’s insane. I hope they lose the lawsuit, however.
Their claim is that the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle is a highly lethal weapon that is designed for the purpose of killing other human beings. That’s a stretch to make that argument.
This isn’t about whether or not these families are in pain; I make no commentary on that. But to argue that law-abiding citizens don’t have the right to defend themselves because of what they went through is ridiculous. I think the fact that you went through horror is the every reason I should be able to protect and defend myself.”
Click the link below to hear Tony’s full commentary.