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Should government compensate Newtown's victims and their families?

L.A. Times 2013/01/02 17:48:56
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A Connecticut lawyer has withdrawn -- for now -- a $100-million lawsuit against the state of Connecticut on behalf of a 6-year-old survivor of the Newtown school shooting in which 20 young children were killed. According to the Washington Post, New Haven-based attorney Irving Pinsky might resubmit the claim after evaluating new evidence.

The basis of Pinsky's claim is that the state Board of Education, Department of Education and education commissioner failed to take appropriate steps to protect children at the Sandy Hook Elementary School from "foreseeable harm" and had failed to provide a "safe school setting." Pinsky’s client, according to the complaint, "has sustained emotional and psychological trauma and injury, the nature and extent of which are yet to be determined."

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  • Bronar 2013/01/02 21:33:29
    No
    Bronar
    +12
    And I have lost all respect and sympathy for that particular family, withdrawn or not. $100 mil, gimme a break.

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  • SIMPATTYCO 2013/01/08 21:29:56
    No
    SIMPATTYCO
    Sorry for this but they had security in place and aren't easily sued for negligence.
  • Joves the Instigator 2013/01/08 02:49:32
    No
    Joves the Instigator
    Well I will dare Mr. Pinsky to point out a single person that will commit a crime like that, since he sees it as foreseeable, or that the event was foreseeable. The school was a gun free zone, which according to the Liberal way of thinking is providing safety. The man is a bottom feeder trying to make a buck off of tragedy.
  • TheTruth1313 2013/01/07 06:00:50
  • Pele Emerging 2013/01/07 05:14:25 (edited)
    No
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    How on earth do you compensate ANYONE for the loss of a child or family member? Was the school or district negligent? No! They had more safety measures in place than most elementary schools. The killer circumvented those and went on to kill as planned.

    Sometimes, something is a tragedy which cannot be foreseen or prevented.
  • Warning 2013/01/07 04:37:47
    No
    Warning
    +1
    Only if the government was responsible for what happened at Newtown. Should the government continue to pay the Indians for what it did to all the Indian Nations when pilgrims from all over the world immigrated to the United States. Hell yes. But, what did the government do wrong in Newtown? Should the government pay for all the veterans that sacrificed their young bodies and minds that fought in the Vietnam War? Hell yes, but they don't do it 100%, making the veterans go through hell just to get a few dollars to help them make it through to the next month. Where the hell are these questions coming from. Apparently not thought about prior to asking. Should the government pay Negroes for the way America treated them in slavery, allowing by law, to allow slavery to exist. Hell yes, and then some. Should Congress be kicked out, and other people take their posts? Hell yes! Nuff said.
  • Bob, the reasonable one 2013/01/07 03:20:38
    No
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +1
    nuff said, the lawyer was an ass!!
  • Pele Em... Bob, th... 2013/01/07 05:13:03
    Pele Emerging
    +1
    What happened was a tragedy. The school and district had all sorts of safeguards which the killer circumvented. The principal and teachers lost their lives, too, trying to stop him and/or protect the kids. I don't see how a lawsuit does anything in this case except enrich the stupid lawyer.
  • Bob, th... Pele Em... 2013/01/07 12:41:20
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +1
    dittos, I hope this lawyer scumbag loses any potential employment because of his greedy attitude not to mention the ghoulish wanting to be the first lawyer to file....what an ass!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2013/01/07 02:31:11
    No
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    What a sad commentary on our society.
  • Warning tommyg ... 2013/01/07 04:50:45
    Warning
    +1
    Man, oh man, you hit it squarely on the head of government. Society as a whole does not care about what happens to others, especially if it is going to hit the pocketbooks in the long run. Society as a whole doesn't care if doctors get away with murder, or malpractice as long as it doesn't affect their families. Better other people than our that gets the shaft.

    Government was not meant to be a continuing bail-out for people caught in the cross hairs of someones mental instability, causing many deaths and wounds to others. They are, however, responsible for those veterans that have given their all on battlefields across the world, sending young and old alike to their deaths, to maiming their bodies, but when it comes to PTSD which cannot be seen, it is only a few.

    People, our government each year increases not only their pay, but also their benefits at the drop of a dime, but when it comes to those that protects the SOBs from people across the world, they will get their job done rather quickly. If only a senator serves one term in congress, they will receive for life a retirement plus benefits. A 30 year career man in the military will receive what? You look it up and see the difference.

    My opinions of those that sit back and play electronic games and on the cell telephones...
    Man, oh man, you hit it squarely on the head of government. Society as a whole does not care about what happens to others, especially if it is going to hit the pocketbooks in the long run. Society as a whole doesn't care if doctors get away with murder, or malpractice as long as it doesn't affect their families. Better other people than our that gets the shaft.

    Government was not meant to be a continuing bail-out for people caught in the cross hairs of someones mental instability, causing many deaths and wounds to others. They are, however, responsible for those veterans that have given their all on battlefields across the world, sending young and old alike to their deaths, to maiming their bodies, but when it comes to PTSD which cannot be seen, it is only a few.

    People, our government each year increases not only their pay, but also their benefits at the drop of a dime, but when it comes to those that protects the SOBs from people across the world, they will get their job done rather quickly. If only a senator serves one term in congress, they will receive for life a retirement plus benefits. A 30 year career man in the military will receive what? You look it up and see the difference.

    My opinions of those that sit back and play electronic games and on the cell telephones during congressional sessions, as seen on the nightly news, kind of forms my opinions to the negative, and how the do nothing congress for years has contributed to the downfall of this nation. America, wake up, because one day, you will be awakened to something that you will not desire to wake up too.
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  • tommyg ... Warning 2013/01/07 17:12:27
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    Agreed.
  • BornToBeWild 2013/01/07 02:24:08
    No
    BornToBeWild
    This is a bogus lawsuit without merit or standings!
  • redhorse29 2013/01/07 02:16:44
    No
    redhorse29
    Lord the kids are to be blessed but this is pure legal hog-wash. The lawyer is a greedy and selfish bastard out to make himself wealthy on the death and suffer. He is despicable and the state should disallow the suit.
  • Capitalism4life 2013/01/05 21:15:43
    No
    Capitalism4life
    This is just dumb. I don't know why i'm even typing this.
  • Boo 2013/01/04 20:30:51
    No
    Boo
    What part of the country is bankrupt do people NOT understand?!
  • BoomLover 2013/01/04 19:06:10
    No
    BoomLover
    Actually, I should have clicked on yes...this whole thing is one big government scam, and yes, the government should compensate and then get out of the killing children business...sad and sick....
  • Bob 2013/01/04 17:17:46
    No
    Bob
    +1
    NOOOOOO.....God be with the families and give them comfort but money won't heal the pain and loss!
  • me 2013/01/04 15:56:43
    Yes
    me
    +2
    Only IF there was a clear intent or negligence on the part of the government. It's ironic that people want the government to take care of them and then when they don't they want to sue. Remember, Government spends taxpayers money not Obama money.
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2013/01/04 15:18:23
    No
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    Newtown is a very rich and affluent area.
  • natwebb 2013/01/04 15:11:22
    No
    natwebb
  • Wahvlvke 2013/01/04 13:59:39
    No
    Wahvlvke
    +2
    This whole "milk the govt. for money" thing has gone too far.
  • the fuze 2013/01/04 12:53:25
    No
    the fuze
    +1
    While it was a terrible tragedy, how do you start deciding who gets what? Does everyone that experiences a tragedy get some kind of compensation? If somebody knew this was coming and did nothing to stop it, then I could see the need to hold that person/organization accountable. Otherwise, no. To this point, nobody saw this coming.
  • BoomLover the fuze 2013/01/04 19:11:21
    BoomLover
    "...nobody saw this coming." ...that hasn't been proven yet, however, there are disturbing facts that the government and the news do not want published, like multiple shooters, and the fact that the .223 was found in the trunk of the car...how did this "shooter" get back out to the car to dispose of the .223 and then back in the school to "commit suicide"? Some accounts say he did the killing with the .223, others with two hand guns...and where are those other two, and possibly three other "suspects" ...two in the woods, one in a van...?
  • Starchild 2013/01/04 11:24:58
    No
    Starchild
    +1
    The state *is* culpable for creating gun control laws that reduce the ability of law-abiding people to be armed and stop school shootings, but it's not clear this lawsuit makes that case.

    A lawsuit that forced the Connecticut government to either scrap its unconstitutional gun control laws or pay a bunch of money to shooting victims would be a much better idea.
  • TheR 2013/01/04 10:20:13
    Yes
    TheR
    Of course they should pay the families. The government failed to protect the people. Just like 911. The families of 911 were compensated. So should School,Mall, and Movie Theatre shootings victims. We start getting some Justice served in the US, then people will get off their ass and do something to provide better security for kids. People who committ crimes and sent to Prison, have better security than kids in America. And those inmates can get free education, and healthcare. Excuse me. Where is the F&$!7ing Justice.
  • Centurion~PWCM~JLA 2013/01/04 06:40:47
    No
    Centurion~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Idiotic. This will only penalize the plaintiff's neighbors because a crazy person did something bad and nobody was allowed to be prepared to stop him.

    A "Guns not allowed" sign is an invitation for one of these guys to come into another school or theater and do it again. I concealed carry and avoid "gun free zones." If I have to go in, I do my business and get out again as quickly as I can.

    Suing the innocent people living throughout the state who were not even involved is just plain stupid. This lawyer is probably a damned ambulance chaser.

    good guy with a gun
  • T J 2013/01/04 03:11:12
    Yes
    T J
    Actually I have two answers here. The first one is this, no one can really say what these families should have because none of us or in that situation. That said, when someone uses their own tragedy for financial gain, then I have a problem with that and they should get noting.
  • ♥N A♥ 2013/01/04 02:11:08
    No
    ♥N A♥
    No reason
  • Stix 2013/01/04 02:01:13
    No
    Stix
    For What?
  • clasact 2013/01/04 01:04:26
    No
    clasact
    +1
    I will give you that all of the families suffered and will for years but no one could forsee someone comming to that queit school and killing those kids.It would be a nice jesture for the state or fed to maybe pick up the tab on the funerals but its not an obligation either and I am sure they have all got many donations since then also
  • neitu.tepano 2013/01/04 00:45:16
    No
    neitu.tepano
    but yes as their duty, lol.
  • bob h. 2013/01/04 00:26:40
    No
    bob h.
    No; the NRA should, for telling truly stupid people to get guns.
  • Stix bob h. 2013/01/04 02:04:50
    Stix
    bob...why do you want to take my guns away? don't you believe in the second ammendment and a persons right to defend themself?
  • T J Stix 2013/01/04 03:03:27
    T J
    +1
    Who wants to take your guns away? Stop being so damn paranoid.
  • bob h. Stix 2013/01/04 03:15:44 (edited)
    bob h.
    I wouldn't dream of it. I just fear for your ability to defend against the Russian hordes lusting after your last Izuzu.
  • zbacku 2013/01/03 23:18:26
    No
    zbacku
    +1
    For a family to try to get rich over the death of their child is more than repulsive.
  • Matt zbacku 2013/01/04 15:30:23 (edited)
    Matt
    even worse when their child didn't even die.. she wasn't even injured... didn't even witness others getting shot and killed, but heard it over a school loudspeaker yes terrible and traumatic....but $100M????
  • Boo zbacku 2013/01/04 20:33:22
    Boo
    Their child is a survivor!
  • out damned spot 2013/01/03 22:49:27
  • CAPISCE 2013/01/03 21:53:06
    No
    CAPISCE
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