Gut Rumbles

December 22, 2004


Wal-Mart has blood on its hands. One of their stores sold a shotgun to a deranged woman who then used the weapon to kill herself. Wal-Mart should have known better.

All the store had to do was violate several state and federal laws restricting the release of private medical records and none of this shit would have happened. The fact that Wal-Mart followed every law on the books should cost the company $25 million, according to the suit.

The Bracys said Wal-Mart's gun department could have checked Wal-Mart's own security files or the pharmacy department's prescription records before selling her the weapon.

Oh. Really?

But pharmacy prescription records are confidential under a 1996 federal law, so stores cannot use them when deciding whether to sell a gun.

PISS ON THAT!!! We've got Wal-Mart, we've got a GUN, and we've got a dead woman. What more do you need for a suit?

I'll never get another gun from Wal-Mart as long as I live, even if the place starts GIVING them away, because the store is a nightmare to deal with. I won't even buy ammo there anymore.

But I have to take their side on this one.


I wouldn't be surprised if the judge takes one look at that, once it gets to him, and throws it out with prejudice.

"You should have broken the law! And it's your fault the NICS system doesn't have Texas mental health records!" isn't a great argument to put before a judge, y'know.

Posted by: Sigivald on December 22, 2004 02:58 PM

Sorry Rob, I have to disagree with you on this one.
Nobody but me or whomever I delegate or divulge to has any right to know my personal information. Especially when it comes to personal or private matters.
Go read my take on it if you have a minute, here:
If I commit a felony or something stupid like that, to where the law says I can't have a gun, maybe that's a record that can be public. But in this case, the only people responsible are the dead girl and here caretakers.

Posted by: Dave S. on December 22, 2004 03:34 PM

Dave--- how is your point any different from mine? You lost me there.

Posted by: Acidman on December 22, 2004 03:56 PM

It ain't. At first I read it that you were taking the side of the idiots wanting to sue Wal-mart. But after reading the entry again, I see that ain't the case. Gee whiz.
I guess I got confused.

Posted by: Dave S. on December 22, 2004 06:10 PM

That's okay, Dave. The same thing happens to me all the time.

Posted by: Acidman on December 22, 2004 06:16 PM

They say the mind is the first to go...


Posted by: Chablis on December 22, 2004 07:21 PM
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