Uvalde families sue Meta, Activision and Daniel Defense for ‘grooming’ Robb Elementary shooter

The families of most of the victims of the Robb Elementary School shooting filed wrongful death lawsuits Friday against companies they refer to as an “unholy trinity” that turns alienated teenagers into mass shooters.

The companies are Meta, the parent company of Instagram; Activision, the creator of Call of Duty; and Daniel Defense, which manufactured the AR-15-style assault rifle used in the shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers.

The lawsuit, filed exactly two years after the shooting, accused the companies of conspiring over the past 15 years in a “scheme that preys on insecure teens.”

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“There is a direct line between the conduct of these companies and the Uvalde shooting,” said Josh Koskoff, an attorney for the families.

“Just 23 minutes after midnight on the day he turned 18, the Uvalde shooter purchased an AR-15 made by a company with less than one percent market share. Why? Because, long before he old enough to buy it, was attacked and cultivated online by Instagram, Activision and Daniel Defense,” 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.”

Koskoff represented the families of the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in their lawsuit against Remington, the manufacturer of the AR-15, over its marketing practices. It resulted in a $77 million settlement, the largest payout made by a gun manufacturer in a mass shooting case.

“Weapons companies like Daniel Defense do not act alone. AR-15s were available when many of us were growing up, but we didn’t have mass shootings by children. What has changed is that companies like Instagram and Activision do more than simply allow gun companies to reach consumers: they support and widespread violence against struggling teens,” he said. “Instagram should stop allowing gun companies weapons market AR-15 among children. ; and Activision should stop training and habituating children to kill. It’s that easy.”

Meta and Daniel Defense did not respond to TPR’s requests for comment.

In a statement to TPR, Activison said: “The Uvalde shooting was horrendous and heartbreaking in every way, and we express our deepest condolences to the families and communities who continue to be affected by this senseless act of violence. Millions of people across the world enjoys video games without resorting to horrible acts.

The case against Meta and Activision was filed in California Superior Court in Los Angeles. The case against Daniel Defensa was filed in the Uvalde District Court.

Koskoff is also representing Uvalde families in a lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety and a settlement with the city and county of Uvalde over law enforcement’s failure in the Robb Elementary School shooting.

Nearly 400 officers from local, state and federal agencies waited more than an hour to confront the gunman. A Justice Department review that found lives would have been saved if not for unprecedented failures in law enforcement.