Sandy Hook families settle with Remington marking 1st time gun maker is held liable for mass shooting

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Remington Arms agreed Tuesday to settle liability claims from the families of five adults and four children killed in the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a new court filing, marking the first time a gun manufacturer has been held liable for a mass shooting in the U.S.

Remington agreed to pay the families $73 million.

The settlement comes over seven years after the families sued the maker of the Bushmaster XM15-E2S semiautomatic rifle that was used in the 2012 mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.

Nicole Hockley, whose son, Dylan, was killed in the shooting, said in a statement, “My beautiful butterfly, Dylan, is gone because Remington prioritized its profit over my son’s safety. Marketing weapons of war directly to young people known to have a strong fascination with firearms is reckless and, as too many families know, deadly conduct. Using marketing to convey that a person is more powerful or more masculine by using a particular type or brand of firearm is deeply irresponsible.”

“My hope is that by facing and finally being penalized for the impact of their work, gun companies, along with the insurance and banking industries that enable them, will be forced to make their business practices safer than they have ever been,” Hockley said.

On Dec. 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, 20, forced his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School, and in the course of 264 seconds, fatally shot 20 first-graders and six staff members.

The rifle Lanza used was Remington’s version of the AR-15 assault rifle, which is substantially similar to the standard issue M16 military service rifle used by the U.S. Army and other nations’ armed forces, but fires only in semiautomatic mode.

The families argued Remington negligently entrusted to civilian consumers an assault-style rifle that is suitable for use only by military and law enforcement personnel and violated the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act through the sale or wrongful marketing of the rifle.

Remington, which filed for bankruptcy protection in July 2020, had argued all of the plaintiffs’ legal theories were barred under Connecticut law and by a federal statute — the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act — which, with limited exceptions, immunizes firearms manufacturers, distributors and dealers from civil liability for crimes committed by third parties using their weapons.

Lenny Pozner and Veronique De La Rosa, whose son, Noah, was killed at Sandy Hook, said in a statement, “Our loss is irreversible, and in that sense this outcome is neither redemptive nor restorative. One moment we had this dazzling, energetic 6-year-old little boy, and the next all we had left were echoes of the past, photographs of a lost boy who will never grow older, calendars marking a horrifying new anniversary, a lonely grave, and pieces of Noah’s life stored in a backpack and boxes.”

“Every day is a realization that he should be there, and he is not. What is lost remains lost,” they said. “However, the resolution does provide a measure of accountability in an industry that has thus far operated with impunity. For this, we are grateful.”

13 thoughts on “Sandy Hook families settle with Remington marking 1st time gun maker is held liable for mass shooting

      1. Remington is owned by venture capitalists
        Their plan was to drain the company anyways , they don’t give 2 shits about the real company Remington once was

  1. We still don’t know the full truth of Sandy Hook and there still exists Fetcher’s “Nobody Died at Sandy Hook” faction, but beyond that… FK REMINGTON!!

    When I broke that chair over your head, of course it was the chair’s fault.

    When I poured gasoline on your house and burned it down, it was the gasoline’s fault.

    When I gambled all my family’s money away, it was the fault of those damn cards.

    When I held your head underwater until you could no longer breathe, it was the water that murdered you.

    Things are so dangerous. How good it is to be forever faultless and blameless. Just ask Dick Cheney.


    1. “Despotic governments can stand ‘moral force’ till the cows come home; what they fear is physical force.”
      — George Orwell


      1. Thanks again galen! If people are still going to waste their time & energy going to protests then at the very least this Orwell quote needs to in great big letters on every front row banner being held up AND be a very real warning of what’s coming rather than just being the usual hollow words that most protest banners have on them.

        I, for one, am sick to death of seeing all those national flags being held high by “protesters” who would NEVER put their lives on the line to defend REAL FREEDOM! I’m pretty sure that most “protesters” don’t even have a clue what REAL FREEDOM looks, feels & tastes like & would be scared absolutely sh*tless if they were suddenly confronted & had to deal with REAL FREEDOM!!!

        1. The first step, which most will never even begin to acknowledge, is the web of lies spun around them over generations, which they first need to either unravel or cut through, to get to the truth. The ultimate truth is something I grapple with all the time. Although these days, my only weapons are my words (well, I do borrow a lot of the best fighting words I have learned, from Henry) and my courage to enter stores without the slave muzzle, when push comes to shove and the tyranny comes kicking down my door, how will I fight?

          1. I think that when the fight comes, either to your door or elsewhere, you’ll know instinctively what to do Diana. Seeing reality & living it the way we do everyday proves that our natural instincts are way more intact than the average go-along-to-get-along “normie” out there. I see this battle very much as a war on Nature & all natural things. Let Nature be your guide & we shall prevail! 😉

  2. Remington have just made it exceedingly clear that they are part of the machine driving this tyranny against the people of the land. This traitorous act they have committed, being part of a major propaganda push, signs their “death warrants”. Take note now of all the names in their corporate management for when judgement day inevitably comes & they are put on trial in a Common Law court for high treason along with all the other traitors, propagandists & murderous enemies of the people.

    1. What next?
      Selling Hemmroid cream? “Remington Hemmroid Cream, for when you screw yourself”.
      This is what they would be good for since caving in (aka: we will not be in the gun business much longer) because of public and political pressure.

  3. They have government contracts. Why compete in an “open” market when you can take your customer’s shekels at gunpoint?

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