And people died.
IN THE SEARCH for someone to blame (someone who was not dead, and so they could be sued), a Texas couple have chosen the sporting goods store who sold the gunman the firearm used in the shooting.
Academy sporting goods chain sued by couple wounded in Sutherland Springs church shooting | Courts | Dallas News: AUSTIN — A Texas couple who survived the Sutherland Springs church massacre last year have sued the sporting goods store that sold the gunman the firearm used in the shooting.It's difficult to adequately assign the blame for the acts of a madman, but there's always someone who is willing to accept the challenge. Usually, the target is someone with "Big Pockets", and so the survivors have chosen to attack the sporting goods store which sold the gun to a man whose record was crystal clear.
His record should not have been so transparent; his employer (United States Air Force) declined to report him as a "domestic abuser", so his application to purchase a firearm was not challenged.But it's very difficult (and expensive!) to bring suit against an arm of the Federal Government ... but shouldn't the victims, and their families, have SOMEONE to blame? So the survivors chose the least responsible, but most vulnerable, corporate identity in the BIZARRE chain of events: They sued the store that sold the gun to the man who shot the innocents even though his employer (the Federal Government) knew he was irresponsible ... a "Domestic Abuser".
The store was not irresponsible; they followed the rules, and the rules required that they perform a background check. They did that. They found no reason to deny the purchase, on the federal database of "Bad Guys/No Fly List/Whatever!":
The problem was; nobody who was responsible survived!
Still, the survivors had a right to sue for damages (something about "denial of filial relationship", etc; .. I'm not a lawyer) But they knew they could never be able to fund a suit against the Federal Government of the U.S. Air Force.
So they sued the store who (entirely legally) sold the gun. I don't blame them. Someone had to pay. The problem is ... nobody who was responsible
You can write the rest of the story. You've read it all before. Plaintiff loses the case and is fined court costs plus legal fees.
NOBODY wins in this tragedy.