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Survivors of school shootings sue gun manufacturer


Those left behind after the school shooting in Uvalde have filed several lawsuits after the mass murder two years ago where nineteen children and two teachers were shot and killed. Photo: Eric Gay / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 25.05.2024 03:09:59

Education: Nineteen children and two teachers were killed when a teenager went on the attack in what was America’s worst school shooting in a decade.

Earlier this week, the survivors filed a lawsuit against over 100 police officers for failing to act on the fateful May Day two years ago. The police’s efforts have received strong criticism in a report from the Ministry of Justice.

On Friday, lawyer Josh Koskoff states that several of the families are suing the manufacturers of the assault weapon that was used, Daniel Defense. They are also suing Instagram and game maker Activision for marketing the weapon. The latter has the same type of weapon in the game “Call of Duty”, which markets it to “insecure, young boys”, says the lawyer in a statement.

He believes there is a direct line between the companies’ activities and the school shooting, because the perpetrator bought the weapon as soon as he turned 18, which is the age limit for the weapon in question in Texas.

– Long before he was old enough, he was exposed to this online, says Koskoff.

Activision says in a statement that the school shooting in Uvalde was “terrible and heartbreaking in every way”, and they express their condolences to those bereaved. But the company also adds that “millions of people around the world play video games without committing cruel acts.” The weapons manufacturer and Instagram owner Meta has not yet responded to inquiries from the AFP news agency about the lawsuit.

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