When Jessica Ghawi decided to attend a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises in July 2012, she had no way of knowing that her life would soon end at the hands of James Eagan Holmes. If she had, though, there’s no way she would’ve ever imagined that her parents would be forced to pay over $200,000 to the gun and ammo companies that sold Holmes his arsenal. She would’ve been downright sickened, though, if she knew where this blood money would go.
Shooting Victim’s Family Loses To ‘Gun Rights’
After 12 victims lost their lives during a mass shooting in an Aurora theater, the parents of Jessica Ghawi, aged 24 when murdered, decided to take on the seemingly impenetrable gun industry. They sued four companies who had provided weapons and ammo to James Holmes.
Of these companies, Lucky Gunner is receiving much of the attention. They sold 4,000 bullets to Holmes prior to the massacre. When doing so, they didn’t even require an ID. Because although many firearm sales require background checks, you can buy bullets no matter who you are. Which is kind of nuts considering the only product bullets are sold for is guns.
As we reported back in April, Ghawi’s family lost their lawsuit — which had been taken on pro bono by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. They didn’t ask for any money; they only asked that companies start acting responsibly when selling things like ammo, tear gas, body armor and other dangerous munitions.
Sadly, upon losing their case, they were ordered to pay $203,000 for the defendants’ attorney fees. Sickeningly, Lucky Gunner bragged about their “victory,” but what’s especially mind-blowing is that they’ve stated the money won’t even go towards attorney fees. Instead, you can see what they plan on doing with the money from their own graph.
That’s right: the blood money they’re receiving will be donated to “gun rights” organizations. The National Rifle Association, which has effectively shut down gun violence research, will receive the bulk of the funds. The Gun Owners of America will receive the next largest chunk followed by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League and several other groups.
If you’re wondering why the parents of a woman murdered by a man who got his arsenal from the defendants has to pay anything at all, it’s because the gun industry is effectively immune from the law in America. Thanks to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, those doing business in the
death gun industry don’t have a duty of reasonable care like other industries.
That’s right, folks: Big Tobacco had to pay $23.6 billion to the widow of a man who chose to smoke his whole life, a life that began around 30 years after smoking was known to be dangerous. But weapons manufacturers who create the items that kill over 30,000 in America every year? They get $200,000 if you screw with them.
Sadly, Lucky Gunner didn’t break any laws, so in a screwed up world with
NRA-approved screwed up laws, it makes sense that the judge — hang on, this is difficult to say — ordered a mass shooting victim’s family to pay over $200,000 to the dealers that sold the murderer the bullets that tore through their daughter’s body.
But for Lucky Gunner to then brag about winning the case and promise to donate the money to “gun rights” organizations? Organizations that actively try to put guns in the hands of more people while taking away the rights of their victims?
That’s not only vindictive; it’s downright sickening. Since James Holmes didn’t get the death penalty, the heads of the NRA, Gun Owners of America and other “gun rights” organizations should schedule a prison visit. Seems they owe Holmes a pretty big “thank you.” Without his actions, these organizations wouldn’t have this great gift of $200,000.
Merry freaking Christmas.