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The implication is that if Lanza’s mother had not been able to buy an AR-15, he would not have been able to wreak so much havoc. But Nancy Lanza could have bought other weapons that would have fully served his grotesque purposes.
What the lawsuit overlooks is that the vast majority of AR-15s have not been misused. They were sold to law-abiding citizens for perfectly legitimate purposes like hunting and target shooting. Banning them because a few lunatics may get hold of them is like banning Corvettes because some irresponsible buyers will drive 100 mph and end up in fatal crashes.
Central to the case is an old legal doctrine called “negligent entrustment.” If I lend my car to someone who is visibly drunk, I can be held liable if he runs someone over. The plaintiffs want to use a novel version of that policy to punish gun companies.
The lawsuit doesn’t say gun companies should be blocked from selling AR-15s to anyone known to be dangerous — which Nancy Lanza was not. It says gun companies should be blocked from selling to (SET ITAL) anyone (END ITAL), simply because some microscopic percentage of buyers will turn out to be mass murderers.