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Sandy Hook Parents Can Now Sue Remington For The Deaths Of Their Children

Parents who lost their children during the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School can now sue the gunmaker of the rifle used in the shooting. On Tuesday, November 12, the Supreme Court rejected a Hail Mary appeal made by Remington Arms Co., meaning the manufacturer will not be afforded protection from their potential liability

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Parents who lost their children during the 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School can now sue the gunmaker of the rifle used in the shooting.

On Tuesday, November 12, the Supreme Court rejected a Hail Mary appeal made by Remington Arms Co., meaning the manufacturer will not be afforded protection from their potential liability in the mass shooting.

A lawsuit to hold Remington liable for the marketing of the AR-15 style Bushmaster rifle was launched in December 2014 by family members of nine of the deceased and one survivor. This decision will allow those behind the lawsuit to move forward with their allegations.

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The individuals who filed the lawsuit argued the military-style weapon should never should have been sold to the public, NPR reports.

The lawsuit states Remington violated Connecticut’s unfair trade practices law after they ‘knowingly marketed and promoted the Bushmaster XM15-E2S rifle for use in assaults against human beings’.

The families also accused the company of using a ‘lone gunman’ narrative to glorify and market the rifle, pointing to an advertisement bearing the following words, ‘Forces of opposition, bow down. You are single-handedly outnumbered’.

The lawsuit alleged gunman Adam Lanza was inspired by the marketing of the weapon when he committed the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut; a mass murder of 20 children and six adults.

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After the lawsuit was filed, Remington was backed by various number gun rights lobbying organisations, with groups including the politically influential National Rifle Association (NRA).

The Supreme Court have decided not to take up an appeal put forward by Remington, with the company appealing for protection under the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act.

This divisive law, which cam into effect in 2005, shields gun manufacturers from accountability for crimes committed using their products. However, with the scale of mass shootings in the US, the act has been heavily scrutinised in recent years.

The decision to reject Remington’s appeal marks a significant blow for the US gun industry, potentially paving the way for other gun violence victims’ families to pursue lawsuits against gun manufacturers.

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The Sandy Hook victims’ families are ‘grateful’ for the decision, reports CNN Business, describing Remington’s appeal as the ‘latest attempt to avoid accountability’.

Attorneys have said they now want to work ‘to shed light on Remington’s profit-driven strategy’ to ‘court high-risk users at the expense of Americans’ safety’.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

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Sex In Private With Someone You Don’t Live With Is Illegal In England From Today

I regret to inform you that as of today, Monday, June 1, new coronavirus legislation has made it illegal to have sex in your own home with a person from another household. Even though certain rules have started to be relaxed, it seems you should refrain from chatting someone up at an outdoor market, golf

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I regret to inform you that as of today, Monday, June 1, new coronavirus legislation has made it illegal to have sex in your own home with a person from another household.

Even though certain rules have started to be relaxed, it seems you should refrain from chatting someone up at an outdoor market, golf course or car showroom and bringing them home with you.

Health Protection Regulations have previously prohibited people leaving home without ‘reasonable excuse’. However, such measures have now been replaced with rules about where we can sleep and gather together, and this very much affects couples and sort-of couples who live apart.

According to the latest amendment to The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) Regulations 2020 bill – which will today be laid down in law – couples living separately are not allowed to have sex indoors or to stay overnight at each other’s homes.

The new law states:

There is a gathering when two or more people are present together in the same place in order to engage in any form of social interaction with each other, or to undertake any other activity with each other.

With this legislation now in place, ‘no person may participate in a gathering which takes place in a public or private place outdoors, and consists of more than six persons, or indoors, and consists of two or more persons’.

It is also now illegal to stay somewhere outside of your home overnight ‘without reasonable excuse’. Such excuses may include moving house, attending funerals, work reasons, care provision or emergency assistance. Staying over at your boyfriend or girlfriend’s house is unfortunately not regarded to be a reasonable excuse.

Police officers in England have the power to arrest or fine those who break laws intended to protect people during the pandemic, with a default penalty set at £100. However, officers do not have the power to check inside private properties for such violations.

Many have taken to social media to joke that sex could still be on the table if things are kept alfresco, with award-winning author and anonymous Twitter legend The Secret Barrister writing:

Indoors, I should add. The government is happy for you to have sex with up to 5 other people in your garden.

Addressing questions about whether or not we could have been bonking our way across private properties prior to today, The Secret Barrister added:

To those asking ‘was this not illegal before?’, the answer is complicated. Reg 7 (prohibition on gatherings) didn’t apply to gatherings inside a private address. Reg 6 prohibited leaving your house, but *without reasonable excuse*.

Excitingly, this meant that there was scope for somebody to make a legal argument that leaving the house to have sex with a partner was a reasonable excuse. (Optimistic, perhaps, but if the govt approved the ‘eye test defence’, who knows?).

For all those pondering whether a back garden romp might be the way to go, this could sadly put you at risk of breaking public decency laws. And, unless you are supernaturally well-endowed, it’s unlikely you will be able to maintain a two metre distance at all times…

It’s okay to not panic about everything going on in the world right now. LADbible and UNILAD’s aim with our campaign, Cutting Through, is to provide our community with facts and stories from the people who are either qualified to comment or have experienced first-hand the situation we’re facing. For more information from the World Health Organization, click here.

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Vanessa Bryant Shares Photo Of Kobe Wearing T-Shirt With Words ‘I Can’t Breathe’

Vanessa Bryant has shared a photograph of her late husband Kobe Bryant wearing a T-shirt bearing the words ‘I can’t breathe’. The NBA star and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates originally wore the shirts during a game on December 9, 2014, in protest of the death of Eric Garner, a black man from New York

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Vanessa Bryant has shared a photograph of her late husband Kobe Bryant wearing a T-shirt bearing the words ‘I can’t breathe’.

The NBA star and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates originally wore the shirts during a game on December 9, 2014, in protest of the death of Eric Garner, a black man from New York City who died after an officer put him in a chokehold.

The photograph of Kobe Bryant, captured before a victorious game for the Lakers against the Sacramento Kings, has taken on additional meaning following the tragic death of George Floyd, who also uttered the words ‘I can’t breathe’ as former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck.

Sharing the picture to Instagram, Vanessa wrote:

My husband wore this shirt years ago and yet here we are again.#ICANTBREATHE

[…] Life is so fragile. Life is so unpredictable. Life is too short. Let’s share and embrace the beautiful qualities and similarities we all share as people.

Drive out hate. Teach respect and love for all at home and school. Spread LOVE. Fight for change- register to VOTE. Do not use innocent lives lost as an excuse to loot. BE AN EXAMPLE OF THE CHANGE WE WANT TO SEE. #BLACKLIVESMATTER

Vanessa lost both her husband Kobe and their 13-year-old daughter Gianna after their helicopter crashed into a hillside in Calabasas, California on January 26. Seven others died in the crash, including the pilot.

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Kobe had arranged for almost all his Lakers teammates to wear the shirts, which were also worn by Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Speaking with the Associated Press at the time of the 2014 match, Kobe said:

I think if we ever lose the courage to be able to speak up for things that we believe in, I think we really lose the value that our country stands for.

It’s important that we have our opinions. It’s important that we stand up for what we believe in. We all don’t have to agree with it, and that’s completely fine. That’s what makes this a beautiful country.

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He added:

They’re really questioning the justice system and questioning the process of the legal system, and those who have authority and whether or not they’re abusing authority, and what’s the threshold to use deadly force and so forth. But that’s what our nation is founded on.

We have the ability to question these things in a peaceful fashion, and that’s what makes us a great country, is we have the ability to voice up. We have the platform to speak up, and we have the platform to affect change.

The death of Eric Garner on July 17, 2014, holds strong parallels with the recent death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a tragedy which has sparked protests across the US.

If you have experienced a bereavement and would like to speak with someone in confidence contact Cruse Bereavement Care via their national helpline on 0808 808 1677.

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Michigan Sheriff Took Off His Helmet And Marched With Protesters

A Michigan sheriff took off his helmet and joined those protesting police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death, pleading with the nation’s officers to ‘lay down their swords’.  America’s response to the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek

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A Michigan sheriff took off his helmet and joined those protesting police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death, pleading with the nation’s officers to ‘lay down their swords’. 

America’s response to the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, has been seismic. Whether it be New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Los Angeles or Washington, unrest is visible across the country.

While police escalation has contributed to levels violence during protests in some areas, a number of law enforcement officials and political figures are opting for solidarity by marching with the crowds; one such officer is Sheriff Christopher R. Swanson of Genesee County.

Check out Swanson talking and marching with protesters here, via 7NEWS

On Saturday, May 30, Swanson joined protesters without any caveats, asking officers to take off helmets and put down their batons. ‘We want to be with you all for real… I want to make this a parade, not a protest.’ Soon after, the crowds chanted: ‘Walk with us.’

After the march reached its final stop at Flint Township Police Station, Swanson took a moment to address the protesters, acknowledging that the world ‘needs to hear’ what they have to say.

Swanson said, as per WEYI-TV

Now I want you to hear this. In my entire career, I will never forget this night, because what I saw is what the entire nation saw when they see people that are angry, people that feel like they don’t have a voice, turn in a second when the police listen to them, when the police understand them.

When I asked what I can do – because police condemn what they did in Minneapolis, that’s not who we are – there are good people that love you that need to hear what you have to say. Once we did that, I asked one question: ‘What do we need to do?’ They said: ‘Walk with us.’ Here we are, walking with you.

At a news conference the next day, Quajuan Adams called for reform within America’s police departments, not just as means for justice for Floyd, or Eric Garner, or Jamar Clark, but for everyone. According to The Washington Post, 1,011 people have been fatally shot by police in the US so far this year.

Adams explained: 

All the police forces need to make sure they are doing things the right way. They need to focus on the training, policies, what is considered being combative, what is not being combative and what forces need to be taken in certain situations.

Swanson added the actions of the officers involved in Floyd’s deaths aren’t indicative of every other police force. ‘We became the beacon of light last night, and so we are calling for a national night of peace. It starts from law enforcement: Lay down your swords,’ he said.

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The sheriff’s actions are being echoed in other parts of the country, with officers in the likes of Santa Cruz, Kentucky, California, Virginia and Schenectady seen taking a knee and joining protesters. This decision was obvious to some, with Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki telling ABC News: ‘I never thought of anything else, to be honest.’

Wysocki added: 

It’s a community, and we’re part of the community. It’s not us policing the city; it’s us, together. Me marching with the protesters is a form of de-escalation, it’s a partnership with the community. They have to see that I stand with them, and I do.

In Santa Cruz on Saturday, Mayor Justin Cummings and Police Chief Andrew Mills were photographed taking a knee. The following day, Mills published an op-ed outlining his feelings on Floyd’s death and the aftermath, urging that we ‘must purge the profession of those who would dishonor and damage the profession by abusing power’.

Mills wrote:

The killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis disturbs me to my core. It bothers me as a leader, human, and person of faith. I am hopeful because the newest generations of police officers are changing the dynamics of policing.

Our cops are smarter, more aware of personal bias, and are more willing to police justly than my generation. Our new generation of Santa Cruz cops are more enlightened about race, and this will help to improve how we police.

On Sunday, officers in New York City took a knee alongside protesters in Queens and Times Square, later reading aloud the names of black people who had been killed by the police before taking a moment of silence. ‘We need more of this, to see and hear each other, to work together, to recognize that our differences are our strength,’ NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted.

Chauvin, 44, is due to appear in court today June 1, charged with the murder of Floyd, 46, last week. In the footage, the white ex-policeman can be seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes in the lead up to him losing consciousness.

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The three other officers present at the time of Floyd’s death have also been fired from the department, with Hennepin County Prosecutor Mike Freeman saying he anticipates charges against them. However, no further details have been released at the time of writing.

No police isn’t the answer; reform, restructure, reboot the nation’s law enforcement. Purge hate, promote peace.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact Stop Hate UK by visiting their website www.stophateuk.org/talk

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