The Two Year Anniversary of SandyHook

December 14 2014 was the two year anniversary of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school where 20 children and six teachers died. Today, the parents of roughly half of the victims will announce that they are filing lawsuits against Bushmaster, the manufacturer of the AR-15 that Adam Lanza used in the shooting.

Parents of at least 13 of the 20 young children killed in the December 2012 shooting have in the past two weeks opened estates in their names at the regional probate court, a necessary first step in filing a lawsuit over their deaths. Eleven of these sets of parents checked a box specifying that they intended to make a wrongful death claim,” reports the Guardian.

“They are working with an attorney who represented Michael Jackson’s family in a $1.5bn wrongful death lawsuit against his international concert promoter, and a Democratic lobbyist who worked in the Clinton administration and specialises in taking on major corporations.”

These lawsuits will be used in yet another attempt by the media and progressive lawmakers to reignite the gun control debate. Despite the failed attempt to pass stricter gun control legislation in the spring of 2013 following the shooting at Sandy Hook; Americans made quite clear their opposition to tighter gun control legislation.

It is my belief that the majority of these parents would not be filing lawsuits if left to their own devices. They are being persuaded by Democratic lawmakers whose only interest is to pass tighter gun control legislation.

Newser– “Reuters notes that school shootings remain largely unchecked, with 95 fatal and nonfatal incidents over the last two years,”

Progressives try to use this as an argument for tighter gun control legislation. But they never stop to consider that maybe the solution isn’t stricter laws. By allowing teachers to arm themselves, or hiring armed guards to protect school grounds, school shootings will be better averted. Despite what Reuters reports, gun crime and mass shootings are actually at an historic low.

In addition, they act as if this all the fault of the “assault rifle” and that this incident never would have occurred if people weren’t allowed to own “assault rifles.” I put the term assault rifle in quotes, because there really is no concrete definition of an “assault rifle;” you could ask ten people what an assault rifle is and get ten different answers.  Not only that, but most of the commonly accepted features which differentiate assault rifles are cosmetic. They might make the gun look more “scary,” but they don’t make it any more dangerous.

Yesterday was not only the two year anniversary of the shooting but it was also the legal deadline to file a wrongful death lawsuit over the incident in civil court. The parents of the victims will be making the announcement today if they go through with the lawsuits. If the lawsuits are filed, I predict that anti-gun proponents and Democratic lawmakers will use this as another opportunity to reignite the gun control debate and once again push for tighter gun control legislation.

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