Speak Out: Gun lawsuit

The Supreme Court said Tuesday that a survivor and relatives of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting can pursue their lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used to kill 26 people.

The justices rejected an appeal from Remington Arms that argued it should be shielded by a 2005 federal law preventing most lawsuits against firearms manufacturers when their products are used in crimes.

The case is being watched by gun control advocates, gun rights supporters and gun manufacturers across the country, as it has the potential to provide a road map for victims of other mass shootings to circumvent the federal law and sue the makers of firearm.

• Why aren’t alcohol makers sued for drunk drivers’ actions? — Mark Schmalhofer

• Doing so would only excuse selfish stupid behavior of a drunk that drives. Most people that drink don’t drive, just the selfish drunks. — Michael Jones

• I think it’s a great decision! They finally got it right. Those merchants of death should be finally held accountable for their products like any other manufacturer. — Michael Jones

•This really isn’t holding the criminal responsible. There are a lot of people that kill with objects other than firearms. Should the makers of all of those objects be held responsible for someone else’s actions? — Rick Boyer

• Yet we cannot sue vaccine manufacturers for vaccine injuries or death. Oh no, thanks to Ronnie Reagan we taxpayers foot the bill for those — 4 billion and counting since 1986. — Janelle Higgins

• Good news. Let these families have their day in court and have their voices and their case heard. — Eric Morrison

• The gun industry should not be any more exempt from lawsuits than any other industry. The Supreme Court understands this basic tenet of free markets. And we should allow our judicial system to judge right and wrong with regard to law, not politicians protecting this industry or that. A jury of the people will decide going forward. And that is how it should be, not protecting a singular industry from the law. — Susan Janis

• The product performed perfectly. No basis for suit against manufacturer! Now we sue Ford and GM for a drunk driver that kills someone while driving their product? Absurd! — Jim Woodland

• I’m not saying it’s right or wrong but the concern is the ability to monetarily attack/drain businesses in the firearm the industry with frivolous lawsuits. — Dean Walls

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