gun-maker li­able for mas­sacre?

Rem­ing­ton on trial in Newtown shoot­ing

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS -

HART­FORD, Conn. — Newtown school shooter Adam Lanza heard the mes­sage loud and clear when gun-maker Rem­ing­ton Arms mar­keted an Ar15-style ri­fle as an over­pow­er­ing weapon favoured by elite mil­i­tary forces, a lawyer for rel­a­tives of some vic­tims of the mas­sacre told the Connecticut Supreme Court Tues­day.

Lanza, who killed 20 first­graders and six ed­u­ca­tors with a Bush­mas­ter XM15E2S on Dec. 14, 2012, was ob­sessed with vi­o­lent video games and idol­ized the Army Rangers, at­tor­ney Joshua Koskoff said. He asked the high court to re­in­state a wrong­ful death law­suit against Madi­son, N.c.based Rem­ing­ton.

Koskoff said the Bush­mas­ter ri­fle and other Ar-15style firearms were de­signed as mil­i­tary killing ma­chines and are too dan­ger­ous for the pub­lic, but Rem­ing­ton glo­ri­fied them and mar­keted them to a younger de­mo­graphic that in­cluded the 20-year-old Lanza. “Adam Lanza heard the mes­sage,” Koskoff told the jus­tices, whose de­ci­sion isn’t ex­pected for sev­eral months. “They mar­keted the weapon for ex­actly what it was. They used images of sol­diers in com­bat. They used slo­gans in­vok­ing bat­tle and high-pres­sure mis­sions.”

The case is be­ing watched by gun rights sup­port­ers and gun con­trol ad­vo­cates across the coun­try as one that could set a prece­dent in cases ac­cus­ing gun-mak­ers of be­ing re­spon­si­ble for mass shoot­ings.

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