Newtown families sue estate of Adam Lanza’s mother

Newtown families sue estate of Adam Lanza’s mother

Lanza NancyBRIDGEPORT — The families of nine people killed in the Newtown elementary school shooting have filed lawsuits against the estate of the gunman’s mother.

The Connecticut Post reports lawsuits contend Nancy Lanza failed to properly secure the rifle her troubled adult son, Adam Lanza, used to kill 20 children and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012.

The lawsuits seek to collect on Nancy Lanza’s homeowner’s insurance. Eight of the lawsuits were filed in Superior Court in Bridgeport. One was filed in Danbury.

“As we have previously stated, AR -15 combat rifles designed to inflict mass causalities have no business being marketed and sold to civilians like Nancy Lanza,” said Josh Koskoff of the law firm Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder in Bridgeport, CT, who represents eight of the claimants, and whose firm has filed suit against Bushmaster and other defendants for the negligent entrustment of the AR-15 to the general population according to a press release from the firm. SOURCE

Let me say this as nicely as I can; I do realize that were talking about many dead children here, and I don’t intend to denigrate those children or the adults that were killed when an INSANE little piece of garbage went OFF and killed them all, so here goes.

Nancy Lanza did not murder these people, the weapons that she legally owned did not murder these people, an insane juvenile, Nancy Lanza’s son, Adam Lanza murdered the victims of Sandy Hook with weapons he basically STOLE from his mother.

If Nancy Lanza was guilty of anything it would be failing to properly secure the weapons and ammunition that SHE owned.

I do not want to start a firestorm about which weapons or the number of rounds Adam Lanza used in his heinous spree of violence, that is, as far as I am concerned, irrelevant to the point of the original story that inspired this post and to the TRUE intent of the civil suit itself.

Lanza AdamBut for the record; RedState.com said this regarding Adam Lanza: Setting the Record Straight: Adam Lanza Did use the Bushmaster AR-15.

OK, so he used an AR-15. He could have armed himself with a 12GA shotgun just as easily and would have been, at least in MY opinion, better armed for close-in shooting.

Regardless the weapons used by Adam Lanza, the law suit that has been filed by Josh Koskoff of the law firm Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder isn’t about anything other than a new attack on the Second Amendment rights of people just like you and me; legal gun owners and the weapons that we chose to own. 

“One reason for this is that unlike in the military and law enforcement, there is no oversight of civilian use and storage of these weapons. Studies have repeatedly shown that, unfortunately, only about 50 percent of gun owners store their weapons properly. Bushmaster knows this but continues to sell AR-15s to the public anyway,” Koskoff said.

Whether Bushmaster sells rifles to the public or not is not a legitimate part of this story my friends, it is simply a *back door* attack on an individual weapon.The rifles that are made and sold by Bushmaster didn’t get up one morning and decide to go out and commit mass murder.

Nancy Lanza didn’t properly secure her weapons, that is a given, and she paid the price for that grievous error, but Adam Lanza was as nutty as a fruit cake, and that may not be the fault of Nancy Lanza but she should have been aware of Adam Lanza’s instability, and as such, yes, I agree that the guns should have been effectively secured.

But consider this, which became a very important part of the story, albeit after the fact; Newtown gunman had interest in other mass murders

If these parents filing suit against Nancy Lanza’s estate want to be genuine in their own actions perhaps they need to spend the money that they most likely will receive in the effort to EDUCATE others on gun safety, secure storage and such, but even more importantly; they could advocate for keeping guns out of the hands of people like Adam Lanza through proper psychological evaluation.

Below is the editorial I wrote right after this tragedy unfolded, when the anti-gun crowd was screaming for ALL guns to be banned, and it covers a bit of the *psychological* aspect of the argument, and it is a slippery slope.

A Texas Gun Owner shares his view regarding guns, ownership, sanity and personal responsibility

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8 Responses to Newtown families sue estate of Adam Lanza’s mother

  1. Alan Caruba says:

    As usual I find myself in complete agreement with you. This lawsuit should never have been filed and it would not surprise me if it gets dismissed.

  2. BobF says:

    Lawsuits like this tend to make me loose any sympathy I had for the families. It’s terrible what happened but millions have given their lives to ensure we have the right to keep and bear arms and that includes the AR-15. From what I understand, the mother kept the guns under lock and key but after he killed his mother, he got access to the keys. To go after Bushmaster is absurd but like you said, it’s ultra liberal Connecticut. This is a case that could possibly head to SCOTUS because of the ramifications if the manufacturers lost.

  3. James Shott says:

    Right you are, Fred.

    I have no problem with lawyers; two of my uncles were lawyers, and a first cousin has just retired from practice. However, they were all respectable officers of the court, unlike so many today.

    I don’t know anything about this lawyer, but he apparently has no qualms about taking a case that plays on sympathies and the foolish ideas of the Left. More than the families of dead children and adults, I blame a legal system and those practitioners who take advantage of loopholes and widespread ignorance to find opportunities to enrich themselves.

  4. Wayne says:

    Sad,sad, sad. If the number of victims is so important, how are people in Connecticut still allowed to own cars, especially assault vehicles like the Humvee, designed originally for military use. Should they ban the civilian version? This is what happens when our lawmakers ignore The Constitution and the ambulance chasers are allowed to file frivolous lawsuits. There are between 30 and 40 thousand deaths a year as a result of automobile accidents. To me, there is no difference between using a gun to commit a crime or baseball bat, hammer, hatchet, golf club, ad infinitum. Let’s ban the automobile, after all, it’s for the children.

  5. NativeSon says:

    This lawsuit MAY be about the 2nd Amendment–BUT, what it’s really about is a springboard into national exposure and attention for a group of “legal” media whores–Josh Koskoff of the law firm Koskoff, Koskoff and Bieder… Just my .02!

  6. Bunkerville says:

    I am sure the Media will give this the “proper” attention for the next decade as it winds its way through the courts. In the end, it will make it to the Supremes which by then will be packed with those who will be happy to say to hell with guns. This case will be just a marker.

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