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AJ525 Wrote: I submit tragedies such as Sandy Hook happen because of the irresponsible use (misuse) of firearms by a person or persons. Should the manufactures of firearms be held legally responsible because someone chooses to use the firearm in an irresponsible manner?
Yes, the manufactures of firearms should be held legally responsible. They are the people who make these weapons of war that these nut jobs use to slaughter thousands of innocent people each year.
AJ525 Wrote: Before you answer, consider the following.
According to the MADD website, approximately 27 people die each day as the result of drunk drivers in motor vehicles. That is the approximate number of people that died as a result of the Sandy Hook tragedy. Don’t get me wrong as Sandy Hook was a terrible tragedy, but approximately the same number of people die EACH DAY as a result of the irresponsible use (misuse) of a motor vehicle. Should motor vehicle manufactures be held legally responsible because a person or persons misused their product? I personally don’t think so, just like I don’t think firearm manufactures should be held legally responsible for the misuse of their products. What about you? I don’t see people calling for motor vehicle manufactures being held legally responsible for the misuse of their products by drunk drivers.
This is a red herring. There are strict laws against drunk driving and the vast majority of people who die as a result of drunk driving are the person behind the wheel and his or her companions riding with them.
On the other hand, mass shooters deliberately slaughter as many innocent people as they possibly can. The manufactures who make these weapons know they are not for hunting or any other purpose other than shooting human beings.
I have many family members who hunt. Using a high powered semi-automatic weapon to shoot a deer would obliterate the deer and render its meat useless. These weapons are used to kill people and when people are killed then yes, the manufactures should be held accountable.
AJ525 Wrote: Firearms are a potentially dangerous and deadly product if not used in a responsible manner. Motor vehicles are a potentially dangerous and deadly product if not used in a responsible manner. Why should the legal responsibility of the firearm manufactures (as a result of the misuse of their product by a certain number of people) be any different than the legal responsibility of the motor vehicle manufactures (of a different but still potentially as dangerous and deadly) product as a result of the misuse of its product by a certain number of people?
As I explained earlier, this is a red herring.