gun-maker liable for massacre?
Remington on trial in Newtown shooting
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.