Remove Civil Immunity for Gun Manufacturers and Distributors
As a survivor of the worst mass shooting in US history (Las Vegas), I vowed to make change to prevent this from happening again. The time is now in the aftermath of the South Florida school shooting. By far, the NRA is the most powerful organization on the planet. They have brainwashed elected officials for decades placing money above public safety. Gun manufacturers and distributors much like states and the federal government are cloaked with blanket immunity from civil lawsuits. There must be “financial” consequences if guns end up in the wrong hands with tragic results. Mass shootings like Vegas and South Florida will continue unabated until one or more of the following changes are made.
1. Eliminate civil Immunity for Gun Manufacturers- shockingly, every single product manufactured in the US (except GUNS) is subject to civil liability if the product is “misused” and the misuse is foreseeable and it causes harm. In other words, it is clearly foreseeable that if a mentally unstable person, an evil person or a terrorist purchases an assault rifle or a bump stock that they may use it to murder people. If this happens, the manufacturer should face massive civil liability just like manufactures of all other products used in the US. Enough preferential treatment to gun makers who promote AR15’s like pleasure toys. If they face colossal civil verdicts for needless deaths, then they might finally start properly and responsibly marketing and promoting assault weapons.
2. Eliminate civil immunity for distributors of guns – in the US any other distributor of a product (except guns) faces civil liability if the product is foreseeably misused causing harm or death to others. This has to end. If the seller of assault weapons does not undertake adequate screening of potential buyers of the weapons and they commit mass murders, the sellers should face the music. Absent this change in the laws, and without the risk of colossal civil lawsuits, sellers of assault weapons will continue to close their eyes and sell to anyone with a debit card.
3. States and Federal Government should not have blanket civil immunity – the Federal government has no age requirement for purchasing an AR-15! Go tell that to a family member of a deceased in Florida or the Vegas shooting. This couldn’t be more irresponsible. We aren’t selling bubble gum. This is a deadly weapon. If individual states and the Federal government don’t want to enact new laws requiring much stricter screening of the sale of guns (especially to younger folks and mentally unstable) then their cloak of civil immunity needs to be removed. Taxpayers can keep footing the bill for colossal civil lawsuits until enough pressure is placed on our government leadership to more responsibly regulate the sale of deadly weapons. Without the teeth of monetary consequences to the government, this carnage will continue.
4. Parents and Family members need to face civil and criminal liability – even parents have civil and criminal immunity! Many recent mass shootings have involved shooters under 21 (including SandyHook). Parents who may have knowledge of their child’s propensity to carry out a deadly crime and do nothing to report this to authorities or do nothing to abort the crime should face criminal prosecution. Plain and simple. Similarly, if a relative or spouse (like the girlfriend of Steven Paddock) has knowledge of a potential crime, they must also face serious criminal consequences. Our world of blanket civil and criminal immunity for guns must end before this happens again.