America's First Freedom - March 2015 - 43

A lawsuit targeting America's
most popular rifle type is designed
to bankrupt law-abiding
firearm manufacturers.
Does it have a chance of success?
By
Frank Miniter
F R I V O L O U S

lawsuit now attempting
to hold Bushmaster and others liable for the murderous
rampage of a very sick young man in Newtown, Conn.,
reads like a staccato voice-over from the beginning of an
anti-gun Hollywood movie.
"This is a civil action for damages
and injunctive relief stemming from the
shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary
School on Dec. 14, 2012 ...
"The number of lives lost in those
264 seconds was made possible
by the shooter's weapon of choice:
a Bushmaster ar-15 rifle, model
xm15-e2s ...
"The ar-15 was designed as a military
weapon, and it has always excelled on
the battlefield. Born out of the exigencies
of modern combat, the ar-15 was
engineered to deliver maximum carnage
with extreme efficiency ..."
The voice rolls on, saying the
ar-15 "has little utility for legitimate
civilian purposes. The rifle's size and
overwhelming firepower, so well
adapted to the battlefield, are in fact
liabilities in home defense."
Okay, stop crumpling up this
magazine. We'll tackle that ridiculous
statement and more in a moment.
First, we must understand how they're
twisting the facts.

The lawsuit next states, "But there
is one tragically predictable civilian
activity in which the ar-15 reigns
supreme: mass shootings."
You can almost hear the pause for
effect before the narrator delivers the
attorney's claim as to why they and their
clients deserve piles of money: "In order
to continue profiting from the sale of
ar-15s, defendants chose to disregard
the unreasonable risks the rifle posed
outside of specialized, highly regulated
institutions like the armed forces
and law enforcement. Plaintiffs seek
nothing more and nothing less than
accountability for the consequences of
that choice."
A jury might soon hear Michael
Koskoff, of Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder,
deliver those lines. Koskoff is one
of the attorneys hired to push this
lawsuit. If his name sounds familiar,
it might be because he represented
Michael Jackson's family in their suit
against the promoter of Jackson's last
tour. Koskoff has won some big jury

L A W S U I T S
awards, including $27 million for
injuries caused by a negligent surgeon.
He has a history of representing
headline-grabbing clients.
Koskoff should deliver his opening
statement well, as he has received
formal training from the American
Shakespeare Academy. Even without
Shakespearean flair, it isn't hard to
imagine 12 jurors reacting emotionally
to these lines and others Koskoff uses
to enhance the emotional impact of
the complaint. And make no mistake,
emotion-not fact or law-is what the
plaintiffs' attorneys are banking on in
this case.
They are counting on the fact that
well-meaning, but not necessarily
well-informed or gun-savvy, jurors
could look at the horrifying actions
of a deranged young man and decide
someone has to pay. If that happens,
other ar-type rifle makers would have
to face similar actions. The result would
be an iconic American industry fighting
for survival, and American gun owners
being deprived of a favored means of
exercising their constitutional rights.
This wrongful death lawsuit was filed
in Superior Court in Bridgeport, Conn.,
by Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder on behalf
of family members of nine victims.
In addition to Bushmaster, they are
also suing Camfour, a gun distributor,
and Riverview Gun Sales, which sold
the firearm.
At this point, we can only speculate
on who else might be advising and
encouraging the plaintiffs, but a
successful outcome in the suit would
clearly advance a long-standing gun
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