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In a surprise move, the insurance company representing the now-defunct Remington Arms agreed to compensate the survivors of gun violence perpetrated by someone using their rifle in violation of the law, instead of allowing the courts to relieve them of any responsibility.
This is the first time that a U.S. gun manufacturer has been held responsible for a mass shooting, ABC News reports.
on Tuesday, Remington Arms agreed to a $73 million settlement of liability claims from nine families of Sandy Hook shooting victims, according to court documents and lawyers for the families.
Families of five adults and four children killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School sued the gunmaker nearly eight years ago for its marketing practices, claiming that Remington “recklessly marketed a military-grade gun to civilians.”
“The plaintiffs in this action hereby give Notice that a settlement agreement has been executed between the parties,” according to the court filing.
A Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle was used in the December 2012 shooting, which killed 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Connecticut.
President Biden in line with his administration’s continuing attack on the second amendment said in a statement Tuesday evening, that this begins the “necessary work of holding gun manufacturers accountable for manufacturing weapons of war and irresponsibly marketing these firearms.”
“This progress is the result of the perseverance of nine families who turned tragedy into purpose,” he added.
Francine Wheeler, whose 6-year-old son also died in the shooting commented; “Today is not about honoring our son Benjamin. Today is about how and why Ben died,”
“It is about what is right and what is wrong … Our legal system has given us some justice today,” she said, adding that her and her husband, David, “will never have true justice. True justice would be our fifteen-year-old healthy and standing next to us right now. But Benny will never be 15, he will be six forever because he is gone forever.”
Veronique Pozner, whose 6-year-old son Noah was killed in the shooting, called today an “inflection point when our duty of care to our children as a society finally supersedes the bottom line of an industry that made such an atrocity at Sandy Hook possible to begin with.”
“Today’s a day of accountability for an industry that has thus far been operating with immunity and impunity. And for this, I am grateful,” said
Joshua Koskoff, an attorney representing the families, added that he “had thought the case was about the gun, but it’s just as much about greed.”
Remington’s goal was to become a “massive, behemoth gun company,” Koskoff said. “And when you’re building that market, marketing was … a big part of this case. We’re moving on in essence from the gun to these other principles of fair dealing, these principles of responsibility.”
Hopefully, this one-off decision by a progressive insurance agency is not considered the new norm in the industry.
Anti-gun radicals have been looking for any way possible to punish the manufacturers of the guns, instead of only those who used them incorrectly, not as the manufacturer had intended.
The long-term goal included forcing everyone in the industry out of business, which is being discussed in the financial industry who are now assigning ESG scores to businesses, which will not bode well for companies like the former Remington Arms.
This appears to be an attack on the legal protections afforded to gun manufacturers and in line with the Great Reset’s agenda of disarming the citizenry of the world.
Eric Thompson, host of the Eric Thompson Show.
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