Suppose you or a loved one were a victim of the Las Vegas shootings in October. Once the shock and grief have subsided, you naturally think of who was to blame, and then you possibly think of suing.
Hundreds of the actual victims and their loved ones are suing three entities: the owner of the Mandalay Bay Hotel (which happens to be MGM); the organizer of the concert/festival (Live Nation) and the estate of the shooter.
The last one makes sense to me on ethical and legal grounds, and they might at least expect to get something out of that estate, which apparently runs to around $5 million. Not enough to satisfy, apparently.
But the first two make much less sense to me. Live Nation is being sued for being insufficiently prepared for a “foreseeable event, such as a terrorist attack…”. And the hotel is being sued, among other things, for allowing the shooter to use a freight elevator which allowed him to stockpile weapons.
Regarding the hotel, does anyone really think he couldn’t have smuggled guns up into his room in a golf bag or other luggage? We are now hearing that he actually built those guns himself, rather than buying them, so I reckon he could have disassembled them enough to fit them into suitcases. The suits also allege that the hotel should have had shot detectors in every room. Does that seem a reasonable requirement to you for a modern resort hotel?
The suit against Live Nation seem at least somewhat more reasonable to me, charging that they failed to provide enough exits and enough trained employees to allow people to escape in case of an emergency (such as, but not limited to, a terrorist attack). I suppose if there were not enough exits etc. to escape in case of a fire, a much more likely event, that would be a reasonable thing to sue about.
To respond to my own headline, in addition to the shooter’s estate, I would sue the shooter’s home town government, since apparently they had at least 20 calls and complaints from neighbors about him shooting guns around his home, enough to show that he was clearly out of control, but they did not take him for a psychiatric evaluation or remove the guns that he was constantly firing illegally or take any steps, apparently, to defuse the danger that he posed to others. If any one group (or person, if there was one who was responsible for these decisions) is responsible it is law enforcement of that town and their failure to take any action even based on constant and public provocation. So far I have not seen anything that shows that they or anyone else in the town cares about this lack.