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Saturday, April 20, 2024

Remington’s Sandy Hook Settlement Sets Bad Precedent For 2nd Amendment

'As I have repeatedly called for, Congress must repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act so we can fully hold gun manufacturers and dealers accountable... '

(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) If leftist gun-grabbers can’t buy enough political influence or gaslight enough of the public with bogus information and lies about firearms to scuttle the 2nd Amendment, they’ve apparently found the ways and means to potentially dig its grave and bury it under a pile of litigated loot.

“Families of Sandy Hook victims reached a $73 million settlement Tuesday in their lawsuit against Remington Arms, manufacturer of the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used to kill 20 kids and six staff members in the 2012 massacre,” reported the New York Post.

The case had been in litigation for eight years, with Remington having twice filed for bankruptcy under mounting legal bills it incurred fighting multiple lawsuits from multiple anti-gun zealots looking to pitch the 2nd Amendment into a trash bin.

The Sandy Hook case was unique, however, even aside from the horrific tragedy of the mass shooting.

Nine families brought a class-action suit in 2014 against Remington Arms, which made the weapon used in the mass shooting, and to circumvent federal law they claimed that the company’s advertising and marketing campaigns made Remington culpable rather than the actual firearm itself.

Remington had argued that there was no evidence to prove its marketing had anything to do with the mass shooting, which was the sole result of a deranged individual who killed 20 kids and six adults and ended up killing himself.

While Remington has steadfastly maintained it has no culpability, it had offered the families a $33 million settlement in July 2021 to end litigation.

But the Remington case, more than anything, was meant to deliver a template for future litigants to go after gun manufacturers by essentially nullifying the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) that shields firearms manufacturers and dealers from being held liable when crimes have been committed with their products.

This clears the way to begin more litigation that will either force other gun companies out of business under the financial stress of defending themselves, effectively reducing the supply of guns, or make guns so prohibitively expensive that the average law-abiding citizen can’t afford them.

And, right on cue, President Joe Biden, who called the Remington case “historic,” took aim at the PLCAA.

“While this settlement does not erase the pain of that tragic day, it does begin the necessary work of holding gun manufacturers accountable for manufacturing weapons of war and irresponsibly marketing these firearms,” Biden said in a White House release.

“As I have repeatedly called for, Congress must repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act so we can fully hold gun manufacturers and dealers accountable,” Biden said.

Meanwhile, the alt-left’s failed soft-on-crime policies will continue to wreak death and tragedy across the nation.

And the gangbangers and gunsels who are treated like overnight hotel guests under so-called criminal justice “reforms” will continue to either buy their guns illegally, or steal them from legal gun-owners who had to pass background checks.

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