Sadly, this suit is likely to go nowhere because:
The federal “Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act” generally prohibits civil or administrative proceedings in federal or state court against (1) manufacturers or sellers of firearms, ammunition, or their components or (2) trade associations with these manufacturers or sellers as members, for criminal or unlawful misuse of these products. It prohibits actions for damages, punitive damages, injunctions, declaratory relief, abatement, restitution, fines, penalties, and other relief.
The act provides six exceptions to its ban on such actions, including defective product claims, actions based on a manufacturer's or seller's knowing violations of state or federal law (such as “strawman” sales), and certain actions by the U.S. attorney general.
The act took effect on October 26, 2005, barring claims filed after that date and dismissing all claims pending on that date.
If their attorneys and plaintiffs succeed in their claim that the weapon used in this massacre should not have been sold to civilians, then bravo! And I hope that monies for damages received would be donated to charities (do you hear that, Josh Koskoff, et. al.?). View Comment
At Shakespeare on the Sound at Pinkney Park in Rowayton, the management addresses these very issues. They use ropes to designate aisles. There are marked sections for those on blankets in the front, closest to the stage; then low-height chairs with backs (low beach chairs) in the middle; then behind that section, those in higher chairs further back. This allows for maximum visibility, as well as access to the bathrooms. View Comment
She's desperate for attention and media buzz, so that's why she's saying this xenophobic stuff. Typical right-winger crap. If the sport is a sign of "moral decay", then why is soccer so popular among young children in weekend and travel leagues and supported by many well-educated, upstanding parents here in Fairfield county? And is it "moral decay" when the cream of the crop wind up getting college scholarships? View Comment
Wow - a very close call. With children this young and especially one who needed a flotation device, there ought to have been an adult at poolside at all times. Thank goodness the child's life was saved. I hope pool owners and parents see this article and realize there is no substitute for vigilance. I felt that way when I owned property with a pond I did not want to fence off whenever my daughter and other young children were around the water. Happily, there was never a tragedy because there was always an adult close by watching the kids. View Comment
@sean.armstrong.7359: Rob Morrison needs help more than punishment. He's not a risk to society at large. (No mention of DWI.) It appears he needs counseling and AA. It makes no sense to incarcerate RM and make him a burden on taxpayers. View Comment
Fines aren't punitive enough for people to stop this potentially deadly practice. Confiscation of the devices might add "teeth" to the crackdown. The police should use unmarked cars outside of the high schools for their first "snags" to target young drivers and discourage them from texting and phoning while driving. View Comment
Why should Sandy funding be applied toward the repair of the Walk Bridge and other "aging infrastructure," Senator Blumenthal? While I applaud your initiative to take immediate, drastic action, I don't think this is right or fair. Families who have been displaced, or who may have faced complete or partial loss of perhaps their greatest asset -- and who may be battling their own (greedy) insurance companies -- would feel that they have not only been assaulted by Nature, but are having their own state government rub salt in the wound.
I think it's more appropriate to insist upon every dollar of Federal funding promised for Sandy funding to be used as intended. And given how much this region contributes in Federal taxes compared to other parts of the nation, the Federal government should pay for whatever part of bridge construction is not covered by Connecticut. How about you and your colleagues take a good look at the pension funding of the MTA as well as the administrative and corporate overhead as see where funds can be transferred from goldbrickers to bridge builders? For far too long, the MTA has been run without being accountable to others, while Metro North, with growing ridership, has annually increased fares for worsening service in an aging fleet. It finally took several deaths and a couple of derailments for long-overdue attention. Those tragedies drew focus from serious representatives as well as political opportunists, wanting to seize the spotlight as they point their fingers. To which of those groups do you belong, Mr. Senator? I feel that "gypping" homeowners who suffered the effects of Sandy two years ago, because they're making less noise than commuters inconvenienced more recently, is politically and ethically poor form. View Comment
I hope others with low, open vessels learn from this tragedy. I used to own a 3-person kayak, (meant for flat water such as lakes and rivers) which we only took out on the Sound on very calm mornings, and we stayed close to shore. We all wore life vests, even though two of us were competent swimmers. I knew the Sound could kick up in the afternoon with the winds and it would be too much for our vessel. Two keys to safety: don't overestimate your abilities, and don't underestimate the winds and the water. And if you're not wearing a life vest, you could be asking for trouble. View Comment
It was/is an outrage that Brianna McEwan was merely placed on probation. She didn't even have her license suspended? I hope her conscience haunts her every time she gets behind the wheel, and in particular, every time she is with another driver who uses a cell phone. I hope her family and friends have learned from her awful negligence. What is SO important that you can't pull over, that you MUST talk or text immediately? It just took one careless instant for a family to be dealt a shattering blow.
This new law, with a fine of up to $1,000 simply doesn't have teeth.There are plenty of people in Fairfield County who could pay that fine without batting an eye. However, their time is more precious than their money, so hit 'em where it hurts. License suspension and community service in the event of minor injury, and license revocation and jail time in the event of disabling injury and death. Maybe these penalties will be harsh enough to get people to stop and think about their cell phone use, once, sadly, a few of these tragedies occur and become publicized.
My condolences to the Dorsey family if you are reading this. Such a terrible loss. No doubt you miss Kenneth every day. View Comment