Pennsylvania NRA is suing for allegedly inspirational synagogue shooters
The lawsuit alleges that the NRA, Colt, and other agencies facilitated mass shootings that killed 11 people, including the plaintiffs’ parents.
A man whose parents were murdered by a mass shooter in a Pittsburgh synagogue sued the National Rifle Association (NRA), claiming the inflammatory rhetoric of the Second Amendment Advocacy Group inspired the attack.
The Associated Press reports that the lawsuit was filed late last week by Marc Simon, son of the late Sylvan and Bernice Simon.
The lawsuit, which was filed in the Alleghany County’s Common Court of Pleas on Thursday, names the National Rifle Association, Colts Manufacturing Co. and accused shooter Robert Bowers as plaintiffs.
Colt, notes The Associated Press, made the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle used by Bowers.
Another defendant says the AP is the “unknown” business that sold Bowers the rifle.
Bowers is suspected of perpetrating the attack at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Eleven worshipers were killed. To date, the shooting remains the deadliest act of anti-Semitic violence in American history.
A law enforcement investigation found that Bowers – a former truck driver – expressed a strong, urgent hatred of the Jewish people. Bowers allegedly made a number of anti-Semitic comments both during the October 2018 attack and after his arrest and detention.
Simon’s lawsuit alleges that the “gun lobby,” including the National Rifle Association, contributed to the shooter’s anti-Semitism.
“Bowers was not born because he feared and hated Jews,” the complaint said. “The gun lobby taught him that.”
The lawsuit builds on its premise on the suggestion that the National Rifle Association radicalized people like Bowers by giving voice to and spreading the voice of “lying conspiracy theories of the white supremacists.”
A bump stick attached to a WASR-10 AK-47 variant. Bump stocks – which take advantage of the natural recoil of firearms – simulate automatic fire in semi-automatic weapons. The accessory made headlines for its use on a shoot in Las Vegas in October. Image via WASR / Wikimedia Commons User: Syced. (CCA-BY-3.0)
It is also alleged that the Colt AR-15 variant purchased and used by Bowers may have been modified by the manufacturer to prevent Bowes from suspecting the use of a “bump” bearing.
Bump stocks have become increasingly controversial since 2017 when a 47-year-old man used semi-automatic rifles with bump stocks to kill and injure hundreds of people at the Route 66 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
Bump stocks increase a rifle’s rate of fire by taking advantage of recoil. When used properly, they can imitate an automatic fire.
“Large capacity magazines allow shooters to kill large numbers of people while depriving victims and law enforcement agencies of the ability to escape or overpower the shooter when reloading,” says Lawsuit -15 for self-defense. “
While the NRA has refused to comment on the details of Simon’s lawsuit, a group spokesperson told tribelive.com that it had filed for bankruptcy – and that Simon’s litigation must be suspended in the meantime.
The NRA also stressed that it does not promote the unsafe or illegal use of firearms.
“The NRA promotes the safe and lawful use of firearms and is saddened by this terrible incident,” said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the NRA. “We stand by those who strictly enforce our current gun laws and demand the protection of all places of worship.”
However, Simon’s lawsuit carefully points out that the top leadership of the NRA has made remarks that could be interpreted as conspiratorial and anti-Semitic.
Wayne LaPierre, the effective head of the NRA, is cited in the complaint as guilty of initiatives such as “George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer” and others.
All three men, according to triblive.com, are Jews.
Simon’s lawsuit is a reminder that his father – an observant Jew – was an army veteran while his mother was a nurse.
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