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Gun control

December 14, 2016
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

The Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Connecticut on Dec.14, 2012 took the lives of 20 students and six adults. I think we are all saddened and wish it had never occurred. Now however, some of the families of these victims have asked a court to reinstate their wrongful-death lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the massacre.

At issue in the case is the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act. This was passed by Congress in the year 2005 and its purpose was to shield gun manufacturers against lawsuits filed against them because the gun was used in the commission of a crime. The lawsuit was allowed under an exception in the federal law that allows litigation against companies that know, or should know, that their products are likely to be used in a way that risks injury to others.

I would not like anyone to think that I am not saddened by the Columbine shooting. I have him tried to imagine the number of lawsuits that would begin with any crime that was committed where a gun was used to perpetrate the crime.

If this law were allowed to be repealed, would a gun manufacturer have a lawsuit filed against them for any reason? What would the next step be? Would it be to make a law against automobile manufacturers? That would mean any time someone was convicted of breaking any vehicle law, everyone involved could then sue the automobile manufacturer. What would be the next law against? Where would it end?

Mary West

Cape Coral



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