The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, also known as the Brady Campaign, has been struggling for relevance in recent years. Long ago supplanted as the “go to” gun control group for media sound bites by Michael Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) and then Moms Demand Action, Brady seems intent on clawing its way back onto the front page with a grandstanding lawsuit against Tennessee-based online ammunition retailer Lucky Gunner.
Brady wants to hold the Internet-based retailer partially responsible for the Aurora Colorado theater shooting, suggesting that they somehow should have been able to screen the shooter, even though there are no mechanisms or federal laws that would allow such an act to take place either online or for in-person sales.
A victim’s parents and a national gun control group plan to sue an online retailer who sold J____ H_____* ammunition and body armor used during the July 2012 Aurora theater shooting, the group announced Monday.
The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence said they, along with Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, whose daughter, Jessica Ghawi, was killed in the theater, will sue Lucky Gunner, which operates BulkAmmo.com.
In court, prosecutors said H_____ bought ammunition and body armor from various online retailers, including bulkammo.com. On the night of the shooting, H_____’ arsenal included an AR-15 assault rifle, two .40-caliber pistols, a shotgun, and hundreds of rounds of ammunition. He was also wearing body armor from head to toe.
According to the Brady Campaign, the lawsuit, which is expected to be filed in Arapahoe County District Court in the coming days, alleges that the websites “negligently supplied Holmes with the arsenal” and failed “to use any screening mechanism to determine his identity or intent for the products.”
This lawsuit is the first in the nation against online sellers of ammunition and military equipment, according to the Brady group, and it is part of a national effort against “Bad Apple” gun dealers that aims to reform the business practices of gun dealers that irresponsibly sell guns. Nationally, just 5 percent of gun dealers account for nearly all of the guns used in crimes, according to the group.
We feel great deal of sympathy for Sandy and Lonnie Phillips, the parents of Jessica Ghawi. It has to be horrible to lose a child. It leaves you fragile, vulnerable, and filled with anguish.
Unfortunately, Brady seem to be exploiting the grief of the Phillips family to file a nuisance lawsuit against a legitimate business that has neither committed any crimes, nor acted unethically.
Like millions of other Americans do every month, J____ H_____* purchased legal products from an online vendor. In this instance, it is alleged that he purchased ammunition from BulkAmmo.com, one of the ammunition web sites owned by Lucky Gunner.
Many, if not most shooters in this digital age purchase bulk or specialty ammunition online, which they sometimes cannot obtain from their local gun stores due to limited supply of specific cartridges.
Brady contends that Lucky Gunner was “negligent” and failed to use any screening mechanism” to determine his identity or intent.”
This is an entirely baseless lawsuit.
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