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Families of Sniper Shooting Victims To Sue Rifle Maker
WJLA Channel 7 News (Washington, D.C.) on My Yahoo ^ | 01-16-2003 | WJLA News 7

Posted on 01/16/2003 12:37:55 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird

Families of Sniper Shooting Victims To Sue Rifle Maker

Thu Jan 16, 8:13 AM

() - The families of two sniper shooting victims will file a lawsuit Thursday against the maker of the rifle used in the attacks, and the shop where the gun was sold or stolen.

The suit is brought on by the families of James "Sonny" Buchanan and Conrad Johnson.

It alleges that Bushmaster firearms and Bull's Eye Shooter Supply of Tacoma, Washington, showed "gross negligence" that "caused injuries and death."

The owners of the store, Brian Borgelt and Charles Carr and sniper suspects John Allen Muhammad and John Lee Malvo are also named as defendants.

The families are seeking unspecified damages.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is representing the families, who are seeking unspecified damages.

Bushmaster officials say they did nothing wrong by selling the gun.

The owners of the gun shop did not comment.

The families of two sniper shooting victims will file a lawsuit Thursday against the maker of the rifle used in the attacks, and the shop where the gun was sold or stolen.

The suit is brought on by the families of James "Sonny" Buchanan and Conrad Johnson.

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KEYWORDS: banglist; bushmaster; lawyers; lawyerscum; legallottery; scum; tort; tortreform
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Here we go!!! Liberals/lawyers blame the rifle for the sniper shootings! These people make me sick. Try to turn what two very evil Musilms do (the sniper shootings) into a reason to take away guns. And this time, rifles.

Another get rich quick schemne at the expense of dead sniper victims and honest companies. Ugh!!!

1 posted on 01/16/2003 12:37:56 PM PST by 69ConvertibleFirebird
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2 posted on 01/16/2003 12:39:43 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
How long before the victims of a hit & run accident sue the car or truck manufacturer? Someone has got to stop this stupid SH-T.........
Right now 97% of the lawyers make it hard for the rest of their profession.
3 posted on 01/16/2003 12:42:14 PM PST by Bodacious
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4 posted on 01/16/2003 12:43:16 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (bang)
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5 posted on 01/16/2003 12:43:50 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Geez, they probably could have made more money going after the car manufacturer instead. I mean, they did all of the shooting from inside of a car and a car was used to get them from one location to another!

Yep, another get rich scheme by the blood sucking lawyers!
6 posted on 01/16/2003 12:44:25 PM PST by spokanite
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
I keep looking for the link to The Onion. Please tell me this is a joke.
7 posted on 01/16/2003 12:46:12 PM PST by The_Victor
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
What next? It's the bullets stupid?

This is just the Brady's way of getting more people to donate to their "charity". Yea, "charity"! Ain't that a laugh? It's always been about money with Sarah Brady.

8 posted on 01/16/2003 12:46:41 PM PST by isthisnickcool
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Sympathy for victims' families fading...fadin...fadi...fad...fa...f...........
9 posted on 01/16/2003 12:47:33 PM PST by clintonh8r (bipartisanship is for losers!)
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To: clintonh8r
I hope Bushmaster sues them back.
10 posted on 01/16/2003 12:48:27 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you can't beat 'em, beat 'em anyway)
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To: The_Victor
No onion to be found....just a big group of horses asses.

11 posted on 01/16/2003 12:48:59 PM PST by EBUCK (....reloading....praparing to FIRE!!!)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Forget the gun manufacturers and go right to the source! Sue those damnable mining companies that extracted the metal that made the guns!
12 posted on 01/16/2003 12:49:18 PM PST by inkling
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Bushmaster is not culpable at all; this is a publicity stunt to get a media frenzy about the federal AW ban which is set to sunset in late 2004. This is about making that unconstitutional law permanent.
13 posted on 01/16/2003 12:49:27 PM PST by 45Auto
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Link to Bushmaster website, noting its the #1 supplier of AR-15 style weapons.
14 posted on 01/16/2003 12:49:35 PM PST by berserker
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
I think I'll buy a Bushmaster shortly just to support them.
15 posted on 01/16/2003 12:50:55 PM PST by RogueIsland
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Hmmmm, junk lawsuits. Didn't President Bush just give a speech about that this morning (albeit regarding medical suits)?
16 posted on 01/16/2003 12:51:00 PM PST by FourPeas
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
If blame is to be assigned in this manner, I would emphatically state that the #1 party to be sued here would be the US Government. They taught Malvo all about firearms, taught him how to shoot them to kill people in the most efficient way possible, taught him tactics, and even paid him to learn these skills.
17 posted on 01/16/2003 12:51:56 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Bodacious
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence is representing the families, who are seeking unspecified damages.

The Brady Center to Facilitate Rape has no interest in car or truck manufacturers. It's sole purpose is to completely disarm YOU. Everything they do is to further that cause, nothing they do furthers any other cause.

18 posted on 01/16/2003 12:52:25 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Sarah Brady would rather see a woman raped and strangled with her own pantyhose than holding a gun.)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
As much as we have sympathy for the families of the victims, these types of suits must be stopped. Can the gun maker counter sue for court costs and damages because the suit is frivolous?
19 posted on 01/16/2003 12:54:26 PM PST by Truth29
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Isn't it wonderful that criminals can profit at both ends of the process?
What a country!
20 posted on 01/16/2003 12:54:52 PM PST by Publius6961
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To: ArrogantBustard
How does Sara Brady like those rifles she bought for her grandkids last year?
21 posted on 01/16/2003 12:56:22 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Bodacious
And they'll keep pecking away at gun companies with these types of suits. They'll keep trying it til they get through. It's a matter of time til they get the right judge and jury. They did it to tobacco companies, and they've learned from that success. We need tort reform now, and not just for the medical field.
22 posted on 01/16/2003 12:57:00 PM PST by SoDak
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Maybe they'll also sue McDonalds for selling the hamburgers without which the killers wouldn't have had strengt to pull the triggers.
23 posted on 01/16/2003 12:57:25 PM PST by RLK
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To: blackdog
"Guns for me, but not for thee."

Same as Rosie O' Donut.

24 posted on 01/16/2003 12:57:52 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Sarah Brady would rather see a woman raped and strangled with her own pantyhose than holding a gun.)
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To: Truth29
I officially no longer have sympathy for these families. They can all go suck eggs.

"Have you hugged your XM-15 today?"

25 posted on 01/16/2003 12:58:21 PM PST by Semaphore Heathcliffe
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
You hit it right on the button-lawyers/liberals at it again. The gun "did it".

I wonder how many of those folks think that they are entitled to "bear arms". Let's check their credentials as they are guilty of promoting "murder" if they in fact own a gun or have ever shot one or even picked one up.

26 posted on 01/16/2003 1:00:15 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Can I sue the car maker because my dear friend died in a car/motorcycle crash? How about suing the motorcycle maker? No, & we should not be able to sue gun makers.
27 posted on 01/16/2003 1:02:02 PM PST by buffyt (Imagine There Are No Liberals.....)
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To: blackdog
HEY, Blackdog.......MALVO is the 17 Year-old..You're thinking of J.A.Mohammad
28 posted on 01/16/2003 1:02:11 PM PST by Bodacious
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Guns cause crime like flies cause garbage.
29 posted on 01/16/2003 1:02:57 PM PST by buffyt (Imagine There Are No Liberals.....)
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To: inkling
Forget the gun manufacturers and go right to the source! Sue those damnable mining companies that extracted the metal that made the guns!

Sue the universe!

31 posted on 01/16/2003 1:04:05 PM PST by judgeandjury
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Where's my GUN?!?!?!
32 posted on 01/16/2003 1:04:25 PM PST by SerpentDove
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Yep...the last harrah of the trial lawyers.
33 posted on 01/16/2003 1:06:37 PM PST by Redleg Duke
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To: inkling
If you want to go for the source...just who created the Earth and the resources? Who populated this Earth! If it hadn't been for God, none of these people would have died!

Yeah, I know it is absurd, but just watch someone pick this ball up and run with it! :-)

34 posted on 01/16/2003 1:08:22 PM PST by Redleg Duke
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Suing the gunmaker is stupid, but I'm not so sure about the gunshop owner. This gun evidently went missing without anyone noticing. Don't they do an inventory of the guns in their shop? Was the gun ever reported missing and how long was it missing? There may have been some negligence at the store or it may have been outright criminal conduct by one of the employees of the store. Did someone falsified the inventory records? Was there an under-the-counter sell of a rifle by an employee or the owner?

I don't think these families are really trying to find out what happened, just going after the deep pockets.



35 posted on 01/16/2003 1:09:26 PM PST by FR_addict
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To: Bodacious
How soon we forget! Strange though, Moose will stick in my noggin forever.
36 posted on 01/16/2003 1:10:52 PM PST by blackdog
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To: judgeandjury
Have they figured out how to sue God yet?
37 posted on 01/16/2003 1:15:56 PM PST by The_Victor
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
The crooks in Tacoma were selling weapons under the counter without proper paper work and deserve to get sued. If Bushmaster had any inkling of what was going on then they also deserve to be sued. Nobody can make the legitimate claim that Bullseye by ignoring normal procedures before transferring a weapon used ordinary care in conducting their business and they are definitely negligent. Negligence is ample proof for a civil suit to be decided against them.
38 posted on 01/16/2003 1:17:38 PM PST by Objectivism USA
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
I hope they all get fined or jailed for filing a frivolous lawsuit!
39 posted on 01/16/2003 1:19:00 PM PST by RebelDawg
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Sue the white van makers too! Their pockets are even deeper!
40 posted on 01/16/2003 1:20:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Someone left the cake out in the rain I dont think that I can take it coz it took so long to bake it)
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Instead of Bushmaster, they should sue Bush and the Admnistration. Malvo is an illegal alien whom the INS had let go, thanks to corrupt "catch and release" INS policies backed by Jorge "pro-illegal alien/open borders" Bush.
42 posted on 01/16/2003 1:22:00 PM PST by hot august night
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
They should sue manufacturers of white vans for distracting the searchers and making it take so long to catch them. Then they should sue the maker of the car they were in (including all previous owners) for allowing the car to get in the killers' hands and also for not making the trunk tough enough to stop them from cutting a sniping hole in it. Let's not forget any gas stations and maintenance shops the car was ever in. Why are they leaving the malls and stores out - if they didn't lure the victims there, they couldn't have been shot.

And I'm just warming up - give me a little time and I can get them lots of co-defendents to go after...

43 posted on 01/16/2003 1:23:25 PM PST by trebb
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Suing the gunmaker is stupid>

I think they just like saying "Bushmaster". Didn't their owner run W's campaign in Maine? I know some idjit was making hay out of it during the 2000 campaign.

44 posted on 01/16/2003 1:26:11 PM PST by gundog
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To: blackdog
Wasn't Malvo the 17 year old kid?
45 posted on 01/16/2003 1:29:13 PM PST by Libertarianize the GOP
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
We MUST have tort reform!!!

Unless idiots like these people and the principleless prostitutes who represent them in attorneys' garb are FORCED to apay ALL court costs PLUS attorneys' fees for the defendants when they lose AS THEY WILL, this will continue.

In the MEANTIME, Bushmaster and the Gun Shop should COUNTERSUE the complainants for slander and defamation of character. The NRA should assist them. WHY NOT???

Wny not sue the Feds for letting this low-life Malvo in here in the first place??

If a car is used to kill somebody, can the victims' families sue General Motors,etc???
46 posted on 01/16/2003 1:29:35 PM PST by ZULU
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
Jeez, why don't they just sue the PLANET that spawned humans? Makes about as much sense. F&^%$#@! Brady As*&^%$!
47 posted on 01/16/2003 1:29:42 PM PST by Sender
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To: 69ConvertibleFirebird
"The families of two sniper shooting victims will file a lawsuit Thursday against the maker of the rifle used in the attacks..." Oops - can you say FRIVOLOUS!

Lord, does this country need some serious 'tort reform!'

48 posted on 01/16/2003 1:30:14 PM PST by harpu
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To: Libertarianize the GOP
Yes he was. I was corrected. Any place I said "Malvo" just replace it with Muhammed.

My dumb. I could say something cute, but I won't.

49 posted on 01/16/2003 1:31:36 PM PST by blackdog
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To: gundog
Yup...and they tried it with Buford Furrow as well.
50 posted on 01/16/2003 1:32:23 PM PST by gundog
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