Lonnie Phillips, the man at the head of the frivilous lawsuit detailed below, was actually, according to his LinkedIn Page, the Operations Manager for the entire Brady Campaign. I wonder if the Brady Campaign plans on helping the Phillip’s family swallow that $200,000 reward given to them by the courts for exhibiting such a lack of common sense and decency? I doubt it too. Thanks to the folks at GunFreeZone.net for digging it up.
The family of 24-year-old Jessica Ghawi, a victim in the 2012 movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, is faced with more than $200,000 in legal costs after a federal judge ordered them to pay attorney’s fees for four ammunition dealers the family attempted to sue.
Despite the sappy introduction from the news anchors in the video above, if one were to evaluate this situation objectively, it’d be quite easy to arrive at the conclusion: The ammo companies had nothing to do with a crazed mad man. Going after them, costing them hundreds of thousands in attorney fees, is not justifiable because you lost a member of your family. My heart goes out for their loss, but their loss does not grant them immunity to wreak havoc and financial ruin on innocent people.
If anything, they should be going after the owner of the theater for disarming the innocent movie goers and refusing to provide them the protection they deserved. Three other families from that fatal day attempted just that – suing the owner of the theater. Sadly – the system failed those families:
On October 30, 2012, the court hearing the criminal case against Holmes denied a motion by some of the survivors that would have let them access sealed evidence for review in their civil action against the theater chain. On January 24, 2013, U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Hegarty issued a recommendation that most of the claims be thrown out, as they were not allowable under Colorado law
So, under Colorado Law, if you enter a gun-free zone, you’re on your own. The business owner is not responsible for your safety. The police have no duty to protect you. And you have been denied the means to protect yourself. And some people wonder why I refuse to enter and patronize these gigantic bulls eyes.