By: José Niño
Gun manufacturer Remington recently offered about $33 million to nine families of individuals slain in the 2012 Sandy Hook Massacre.
In a proposed legal settlement outlined in court documents on July 27, Remington Arms Co. LLC and Remington Outdoors Co. Inc. offered $3.66 million in compensation to each of the nine plaintiffs connected to the massacre.
The plaintiffs have been employing a different strategy to attack Remington: They’re targeting Remington’s marketing strategy and how it allegedly makes the company liable for shooting deaths.
The plaintiffs’ lawyers argued that the company’s marketing campaigns, which noted the rifle’s “militaristic” qualities, were in violation of a Connecticut law that bans deceptive marketing practices.
The settlement is part of an ongoing legal battle. In 2019, the US Supreme Court opted not to take up an appeal by Remington, thus allowing the lawsuit to move forward.
As a result of mounting legal costs, Remington filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2020, the second time the company was forced to do so.
From the looks of this Remington case, leftist organizations may start using aggressive litigation more and more as a strategy to extort gun manufacturers. The fact is that their Democratic allies in Congress are having trouble cobbling together votes for passing gun control. In turn, they’ll have to look to other political mechanisms to attack the Second Amendment.
The left is relentless in its campaign to attack foundational American freedoms, and they will employ every strategy possible to see their agenda through. A serious opposition force will be necessary to ensure anti-gunners don’t chip away at our rights through under-handed means.
José Niño is a freelance writer based in Austin, Texas. Sign up for his mailing list here. Contact him via Facebook, Twitter, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Get his e-book, The 10 Myths of Gun Control, here.