Tuesday, August 23, 2016

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Part 2

Alternative title: there's always someone to sue

Family of gun instructor killed by girl of 9 using Uzi to sue over his death - Mirror Online:
Now, a wrongful death lawsuit has been filed by Vacca's wife Stephanie against the range and its owner. The lawsuit alleges Bullets and Burgers Corp acted negligently at the outdoor facility and claims the girl received "limited instruction" on firing the Uzi and never should have been given the weapon. The lawsuit says: "The Uzi was an inappropriate and unsafe weapon to entrust to a 9-year-old girl ... thereby creating an unreasonably dangerous and unsafe environment for individuals in the area, including Charles J. Vacca, Jr." The suit is seeking unspecified damages.
I have yet to find any source which can confirm that Vacca was a paid employee of Bullets and Burgers.  Given that the range's website advertises you can "Shoot a .50-caliber and fire a wide range of fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons at a private outdoor range just outside Las Vegas" suggests that this is part of its business model.

Shoot a .50-caliber and fire fully automatic machine guns and specialty weapons at a private outdoor range just outside Las Vegas, plus enjoy photo opportunities and a hamburger lunch on this exciting tour.
The adventure begins with transportation from your hotel via a shuttle to the Bullets and Burgers range. Once at the range, you'll shoot in a "Desert Storm" atmosphere in the Mojave Desert with the help of a certified ex-military firearms instructor. You will choose from a variety of guns, machine guns, specialty guns and belt fed machine guns (depending upon your package level), including actual guns used in the movies "Rambo," "Terminator" and "Jumanji."

Bullets and Burgers, besides offering a range where you can shoot machine guns, offers 'adventure tours'.    This marks them as a 'big pockets' business, so they probably have insurance far beyond the ten million dollars which is considered prudent for most private ranges.

So the Vacca family will sue, and they will win, even though the family is aware that Vacca took the job willingly, and died as a consequence of his own actions.   They will receive a ton of money.   This will not recompense them for the loss of their loved one, nor will it provide compensation for the little girl who had her finger on the trigger when a man died.   This is a lawsuit which will invariable come to pass.

(PARALLELS: I recall an incident of a few years ago, where two men were tasked to steam-clean a tank in a chemical factory which had been used to process toxic wastes.  Their protective clothing, or their oxygen masks, or something failed; they both died.  They were there willingly, but their families sued and won.   There are dangerous jobs which are accepted by men who are just trying to earn a good living for their families; and when the worst happens, any amount of moralizing is facetious ... until the courts get into it.)

CONCLUSION: Quite apart from the multiple tragedies, this will have a chilling effect on the Second Amendment.  "Politicals" will seize upon the opportunity to use this incident as an example of "GUNS ARE BAD", and it will become another arrow in their quiver to skewer the Second Amendment rights of Americans.  Even though full-automatic weapons are already not "ordinarily" available to private citizens, the Left will conflate them with legal semi-automatic weapons.

New laws will be written to circumvent the Second Amendment, and eventually we will all suffer from the avalanche of condemnation.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

And through it all, lawyers will still make a bundle.