Sandy Hook Families File Lawsuit Against Maker of Gun That Killed Their Kids

On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza showed up at Sandy Hook Elementary School with a rifle and fatally shot 20 children and 6 adults. The gun he used — an AR-15 assault rifle marketed as a weapon that will make others “bow down” before you — is manufactured by Bushmaster, and now ten of the victims’ families have filed a joint lawsuit against the company.

The lawsuit, which also targets other gun-makers and the store where the Lanzas purchased the weapon, states that “the number of lives lost in those 264 seconds was made possible” because the AR-15 is “engineered to deliver maximum carnage with extreme efficiency.” 

According to the Daily Beast:

The lawsuit says the defendants “knew, or should have known” that the sale of the AR-15 “posed an unreasonable and egregious risk of physical injury to others.” In addition, it should’ve known it would’ve been used in a mass shooting to inflict maximum casualties.

The families are seeking “further relief for monetary damages, puntitive damages, attorneys’ fees, costs, and injunctive relief.”


Sandy Hook Families File Lawsuit Against Gun Co.