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Old 07-23-2017, 09:57 AM
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Default Re: Brady Exploitation of "Gun Violence" Victims has a Real Cost $$$

Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
It matters not who supposedly 'talked you into' filing a lawsuit. You are responsible for your actions.
Absolutely true.

Originally Posted by GottaGo View Post
While I agree that they were likely prodded into the action, and have my condolences for their loss, they still made the choice to file the lawsuit, and in doing so, should have researched the possible repercussions.
In reading the MJ article, I thought this judgement was more recent. Actually it happened 2 years ago so that led me to look for more news.

I found quite a bit of news and commentary and in an article in The Huffington Post, (written by the Phillips), the Phillips' state they were fully aware of the Colorado law that exposed them to paying the legal costs of the defendants.

"Attorneys at Arnold and Porter and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence brought the lawsuit for us, pro bono. We knew the risks of bringing the case. We knew that Colorado and Congress have given special protection of the gun industry, and we knew that under Colorado law we could even be ordered to pay attorneys’ fees because of those special protections."

The sympathy I held for them has diminished and my contempt for the Brady Campaign has grown. It seems that at the outset of the action against Lucky Gunner, Brady was quite willing to take credit for the lawsuit and claim it as their own. The headline on Brady's news release screams:

"Brady Center Sues Online Sellers of Ammunition and Equipment Used in Aurora Movie Theater Massacre"

In that news release Brady brags (emphasis added):

"The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence recently launched a national campaign against “bad apple” gun dealers, licensed gun dealers that supply the criminal gun market. The campaign commenced with a protest in Chicago, a petition, a code of conduct for responsible gun sales, and lawsuits to hold gun dealers accountable when they turn a blind eye and sell guns to criminals, and the gun traffickers and straw purchasers who supply them."

So lawsuits such as this are a core component of Brady's "national campaign" against "'bad apple' gun dealers", using private citizens as legal figureheads merely because they can be granted standing.

The judge saw right through the charade and said so in his order:

"It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order which counsel should have known would be outside the authority of this court."

But for Brady's crusade against gun dealers this case would not have been filed. It is their baby; they own the paternal rights and now they are leaving the foster parents open to financial ruin just so they can make ineffective and incorrect political arguments.

Allowing an illegal border crosser to stay in the US with amnesty and start the legal immigration process
is like allowing a bank robber to go free and keep the money as long as he fills out a loan application.
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