Newtown families sue estate of Adam Lanza’s mother
BRIDGEPORT — 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.
But 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.