Carolyn Tuft settled her lawsuit against Sportsman’s Fast Cash and its parent company in February. Tuft was shopping at Trolley Square with her daughter, 15-year-old Kirsten Hinckley, on Feb. 12, 2007, when 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic opened fire on shoppers with a pistol-grip shotgun.
Five people died, including Hinckley, and four others were wounded before police arrived and killed Talovic. … Tuft was hit multiple times [and] continues to suffer from her injuries, which included a gaping hole in her back and muscle torn from her arm. … [L]ead pellets from the gunshots could not entirely be removed and remain embedded in Tuft’s body near her spine, leaching into her major organs.
The company agreed to settle the case, as it did with another victim who was rendered paraplegic while shopping for a Valentine’s Day card for his wife. In all cases, the company insisting on confidentiality so we’ll never know much more.
Meanwhile in Missouri, a bill has been introduced by state Rep. Caleb Jones, “who wants private businesses that post signs banning guns to be liable for injuries that occur on their property,” in other words, "punish businesses that maintain gun-free zones and reward those that allow concealed-carry in instances of violence.”
The bill specifically says:
Any private business that displays signage which prohibits public invitees, business visitors, and employees from carrying a concealed weapon on the premises owned or occupied by such private business shall be liable for any injury or damages incurred by such public invitees, business visitors, and employees as a result of such prohibition if such public invitee, business visitor, or employee establishes by a preponderance of evidence that having access to a firearm may have prevented his or her injury or damage.
Any private business that does not prohibit public invitees, business visitors, and employees from carrying a concealed weapon on the premises owned or occupied by such private business shall be immune from any liability arising from its decision to permit concealed weapons to be carried on business premises.
Judging by the comments on the article’s website, readers of the Riverfront Times are not amused. And that’s not all:
And there has been plenty of proposals in Missouri this cycle designed specifically to counter gun-control efforts, including a ban on federal executive orders, a rewriting of the Constitution to make gun rights "inalienable," an effort to criminalize fellow lawmakers who even propose gun control -- and a lot more.
Twisted hardly describes this.