As much as our hearts go out to the parents of two students who were shot and killed in the Feb. 14 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., we just don’t see this lawsuit going well for them:

The Sun-Sentinel reports that the parents of Jaime Guttenberg and Alex Schachter and their attorneys will be holding a press conference Thursday in Miami to discuss the lawsuit:

The parents of Jaime Guttenberg and Alex Schachter want a judge to clear the way for them to claim damages against American Outdoor Brands, formerly known as Smith & Wesson, and Sunrise Tactical Supply. The Coral Springs store is where Cruz purchased the AR-15-style weapon used in the Feb. 14 shooting spree.

Fred and Jennifer Guttenberg, and Max Schachter “seek to hold defendants legally responsible for their complicity in the entirely foreseeable, deadly use of the assault-style weapons that they place on the market,” according to the lawsuit, filed in Broward Circuit Court.

“Entirely forseeable?” There were plenty of red flags, all right, but none of them were known to the shop that sold the rifle legally.

Before the lawsuit can proceed, however, “judges have to clarify that gun manufacturers and sellers can be sued by victims.” That seems unlikely both under Florida state law and the federal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

Again, it’s tough to criticize a parent who lost a child to gun violence, but it’s unlikely this suit will go anywhere.


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