Families of Uvalde school shooting victims launch new lawsuits, including against video game maker

The families of the victims who were slaughtered at a Texas elementary school by a teenage gunman in 2022 are suing Meta, formerly Facebook, and the maker of the “Call of Duty” video game.

In a lawsuit filed on Friday on the second anniversary of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, lawyers for the plaintiffs are alleging that the companies and their products are to blame for the murderous actions of Salvador Ramos who cold-bloodedly gunned down 19 children, and two adult teachers in an incident that shocked the nation.

Also named in the suit is Daniel Defense, the manufacturer of the AR-15-style weapon the killer used during the mass murder.

“There is a direct line between the conduct of these companies and the Uvalde shooting,” attorney Josh Koskoff said. “This three-headed monster knowingly exposed him to the weapon, conditioned him to see it as a tool to solve his problems and trained him to use it.”

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The shooter played versions of the popular video game for years, including a version that allowed him to practice with the type of rifle used in his massacre, according to the suit. Families also accused social media platform Instagram – which is owned by Meta –  “of doing little to enforce its rules that ban marketing firearms and harmful content to children,” Fox News reported.

Blaming the game manufacturer once again shifts the blame from the actions of the individual who actually pulled the trigger elsewhere and ignores the fact that millions of others have played “Call of Duty” and not gone out and shot up a school.

“The Uvalde shooting was horrendous and heartbreaking in every way, and we express our deepest sympathies to the families and communities who remain impacted by this senseless act of violence,” an Activision spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “Millions of people around the world enjoy video games without turning to horrific acts.”

“We are saddened and outraged by senseless acts of violence. At the same time, we discourage baseless accusations linking these tragedies to video gameplay, which detract from efforts to focus on the root issues in question and safeguard against future tragedies,” the Entertainment Software Association said in a statement.

The amount of damages sought in the lawsuit is unclear.

President Joe Biden, who exploited the tragedy to push his gun ban, also marked the grim occasion by touting legislation that was pushed through in the immediate aftermath of the shooting and once again calling for an assault weapons ban.

“Just months after the shooting, I signed into law the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act – the most significant gun safety law in almost 30 years,” Biden said in a letter to the Uvalde community. “For the first time in three decades, with the help of so many from Uvalde, we overcame relentless opposition to commonsense gun legislation from the gun lobby, gun manufacturers, and politicians.”

“Last year, I was also proud to launch the Office of Gun Violence Prevention to drive and coordinate an all-of-Government, nationwide effort to reduce gun violence in America. And I am continuing to call on Congress to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines,” Biden said.

Chris Donaldson

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