One of the oldest firearm companies in the U.S. has reached a $73 million dollar settlement for the victims’ families in the Sandy Hook Massacre. On December 14th, 2012, 20 elementary children and 6 educators were killed in a mass shooting perpetrated by 20-year-old Adam Lanza. Lanza killed 26 people and his mother before killing himself with a Remington firearm. The gunmaker was subsequently sued for its role in the shooting, as the victims’ families claim the company marketed the Bushmaster AR-15 specifically targeting young at-risk men. Although Remington argued there was no evidence to support these claims, the Connecticut Supreme Court allowed for the company to be sued.
Gunmakers Can Be Help Accountable for Mass Shootings
Rarely are gunmakers held accountable for the part their product played in a mass shooting. The Sandy Hook Massacre was one that shook the nation, and the settlement with Remington can now pave the way for other gunmakers to be held accountable. Remington has filed for bankruptcy twice, and recently sold off its assets to other companies. For years since the mass shooting, the gunmaker was unable to avoid the numerous lawsuits filed against them.
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