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Families of nine victims of the 2012 Sandy Hook school shootings reach a $73 million settlement with US gunsmith Remington, in a historic deal for a country plagued by massacres on the campuses.
Twenty-six children and teachers were shot dead at the elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut by 20-year-old shooter Adam Lanza.
A “settlement agreement has been signed between the parties,” reads a notice from the families’ lawyers.
Lanza was a 20-year-old with a known intellectual disability who was living at home with his mother when he carried out the attack. His mother, a firearms enthusiast, had bought him an AR-15-style Bushmaster XM15-E2S semi-automatic rifle more than two years before the shooting. Lanza murdered his mother before attacking the school and later committed suicide.
The lawsuit alleged that Remington and the other two defendants were guilty because they knowingly marketed a military-grade weapon that is ‘grossly unsuitable’ for civilian use, but has become the most widely used weapon in mass shootings. .
“When it came to the military looking for the best weapon, the deadliest weapon, the most destructive weapon, and the weapon that could provide our soldiers…they chose the AR-15,” Joshua Koskoff, attorney for the Sandy Hook families, told a news conference.
The same gun, he says, “was used not by a highly trained soldier but by a deeply troubled child, not on a battlefield overseas but in an elementary school at home, not to preserve freedom, but to eviscerate them”.