Is gun-maker li­able for New­town? Court takes up the case

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

HART­FORD, Conn. (AP) — New­town school shooter Adam Lanza heard the mes­sage loud and clear when gun-maker Rem­ing­ton Arms mar­keted an AR-15-style ri­fle as an over­pow­er­ing weapon fa­vored by elite mil­i­tary forces, a lawyer for rel­a­tives of some vic­tims of the mas­sacre told the Con­necti­cut Supreme Court on Tues­day.

Lanza, who killed 20 first-graders and six ed­u­ca­tors with a Bush­mas­ter XM15-E2S on Dec. 14, 2012, was ob­sessed with vi­o­lent video games and idol­ized the Army Rangers, at­tor­ney Joshua Koskoff said.

Koskoff asked the high court to re­in­state a wrong­ful death law­suit against Madi­son, N.C.-based Rem­ing­ton. He said the Bush­mas­ter ri­fle and other AR-15-style 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.

“Rem­ing­ton may never have known Adam Lanza, but they had been court­ing him for years,” Koskoff said.

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