SEATTLE (Reuters) - The company that made the Bushmaster rifle used in the Washington-area sniper killings and a gun shop that lost track of the firearm agreed to pay $2.5 million to victims in what lawyers said on Thursday was an unprecedented settlement.
The payout for eight victims of the October 2002 shootings was the first of its kind by a gun manufacturer accused of negligent distribution of firearms, said Daniel Vice, an attorney with the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, which brought the lawsuit on behalf of the victims.
Bushmaster Firearms Inc. of Windham, Maine, which makes the civilian version of the military M-16 rifle, agreed to pay $550,000 to the families of six victims and two survivors of the shootings.
The Bull’s Eye Gun Shop in Tacoma, Washington, near Seattle, also agreed to pay $2 million. Bull’s Eye has said that the Bushmaster rifle used in the shootings disappeared from its shop.
“This has now set a precedent nationwide that gunmakers and gun dealers will be held responsible if they continue to sell guns to criminals,” Vice said.
When I read this story, I started to wonder if Bush will ever be held accountable for numerous lives which have been and continue to be lost in this never ending tragedy which is happening in Iraq.
I tried to imagine how much money each soldier’s family should be paid for having a lost a loved one simply because the leader of their country lied to the world and sent them to a far off land where they were murdered because of that lie but I simply couldn’t come up with a price which would be sufficient enough.
The difficulty I faced when trying to come up with a dollar figure is that I obviously think a human life is worth a hell of a lot more than Bush does which is why he has no trouble sending people off to die for a war which was based on a lie. It is clear that Bush regards American soldiers with utter disregard. They are the unfortunate victims forced to do what Bush seemed incapable of doing himself so long ago: to go and fight in a foreign land.
Bush was a coward during the days of Vietnam but he is the brave warrior when it comes to sending others off to fight for him.
Bush is a lying, hypocritical coward and all who support him should be shipped over to Iraq to face the dangers along with the soldiers who are now there. As a matter of fact, I would bet that many of Bush’s strongest supporters on this forum would not be so willing to support Bush if they themselves faced being sent to Iraq.