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Families of Uvalde victims sue Activision, say Call of Duty is 'the most prolific and effective marketer of assault weapons in the United States'


The families have also sued Instagram and gun maker Daniel Defense.
On the second anniversary of the 2022 school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, families of the victims have filed two lawsuits which accuse Instagram, gun maker Daniel Defense, and Activision of « grooming » the 18-year-old mass shooter, reports The New York Times.
The shooter purchased an AR-15 just after his 18th birthday. On May 24, 2022, he killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School, and injured 17 others. The ineffective police response has been the primary subject of criticism since the shooting, and the families recently reached a $2 million settlement with the city of Uvalde.
These new lawsuits, one filed in California and the other in Texas, turn attention to the marketing and sale of the gun used by the shooter. The California suit claims that 2021’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare featured the weapon, a Daniel Defense M4 V7, on a splash screen, and that playing the game led the teenager to research and then later purchase the gun hours after his 18th birthday.

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