Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bernie shoots off his mouth on behalf of gun manufacturers

The revolutionary Bernie Sanders should stop shooting off his mouth and smile more. More than anything else, it's that shooting off his mouth in support of gun manufacturers that's getting Bernie into trouble lately - pointing his finger and waving his arms around like an out of control windmill doesn't help his case.

Oh, and Bernie seemed a bit insensitive in his response to the lawsuit recently filed by parents of children murdered at Sandy Hook. Mark and Jackie Barden, plaintiffs in the case, poured some cold water on "feel the Bern" Sanders and his supporters. The Bardens' op-ed at the Washington Post should make Sanders and company more careful in their response to families who have lost loved ones to weapons like Remington’s Bushmaster AR-15.

Mark and Jackie Barden are plaintiffs in the case Soto et. al v. Bushmaster
Our son, our sweet little Daniel, was just 7 when he was murdered in his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. We are among the 10 families suing the manufacturer, distributor and retail seller of the assault rifle that took 26 lives in less than five minutes on that terrible day.

We write in response to Sen. Bernie Sanders’s comments about our lawsuit at the recent Democratic presidential debate in Michigan. Sanders suggested that the “point” of our case is to hold Remington Arms Co. liable simply because one of its guns was used to commit mass murder. With all due respect, this is simplistic and wrong. 

This case is about a particular weapon, Remington’s Bushmaster AR-15, and its sale to a particular market: civilians. It is not about handguns or hunting rifles, and the success of our lawsuit would not mean the end of firearm manufacturing in this country, as Sanders warned. This case is about the AR-15 because the AR-15 is not an ordinary weapon; it was designed and manufactured for the military to increase casualties in combat. The AR-15 is to guns what a tank is to cars: uniquely deadly and suitable for specialized use only.

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