Supreme Court Deals Massive Blow To Gun Manufacturers, Especially Remington

A massive blow was dealt to gun manufacturers across America. While the immediate consequences of these actions won't be immediately seen, it creates a precedent for the future that gun manufacturers can be sued by victims of gun violence. Particularly in this case, the families of Sandy Hook victims.

The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the Supreme Court giving the families of the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting permission to sue the maker of the weapon used in the shooting, Remington.

According to ABC,

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 roadmap for victims of other mass shootings to circumvent the federal law and sue the makers of firearm

The court's order allows the lawsuit filed in Connecticut state court by a survivor and relatives of nine victims who died at the Newtown, Connecticut, school on Dec. 14, 2012, to go forward.

The lawsuit says the Madison, North Carolina-based company should never have sold a weapon as dangerous as the Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle to the public. Gunman Adam Lanza used it 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. Lanza was 20 years old.

Without getting into the debate as to whether or not the Sandy Hook shooting really happened, let's just suffice it to say that there are people who believe it happened, and others who still don't believe that it did. I've seen the evidence for both and I have my own opinion on the matter, but it's not relevant to this article so I'll leave it at that.

For the sake of argument, let's assume Sandy Hook did happen. A gun manufacturer should never be held liable for the actions of other people. This creates such a slippery slope, because where do we draw the line?

If someone stabs another person to death is the knife maker responsible? Should car companies be held responsible when people die in car accidents? If someone drowns in a pool, should pool manufacturers be at fault? What about the company that made the water hose that filled the pool up? If not, why not? There has to be a standard.