Families of Sandy Hook victims have filed a complaint against the manufacturer of the semi-automatic weapon that was used in the murder of 26 people (including 20 first graders) in December 2012. It's unlikely this case would ever proceed to trial; a federal law protects gun marketeers and sellers from this sort of lawsuit. But the families have a solid case - the weapon is clearly designed for limited combat and law enforcement purposes but is marketed to the public in a truly disturbing fashion: "Forces of opposition, bow down. You are single-handedly outnumbered." There's no training required to buy it, nor a minimum age. Maybe Sandy Hook families will find a way to get some justice despite the federal laws bent on protecting gun industry. Or maybe this attempt will spur further creative attempts to address the gun violence problem in the US. Clearly the approaches used in the past (from both side of the political aisle) have failed. Creativity and innovation may be necessary for any hope of solving the dilemma and tragedy of gun violence in the US.
It’s hard to predict whether the attorneys’ creative efforts will bear fruit in this case, but it is yet another reminder that some mechanism needs to be found for dealing with gun violence.