Call of Duty Named in School Shooter Lawsuit

May 25, 2024 by No Comments

On the second anniversary of the Uvalde school shooting, two lawsuits have been filed on behalf of victims’ families against the weapons maker and Activision Blizzard. The families are represented by Josh Koskoff, who said on the record that ‘there is a direct line between the management of these companies and the shooting of Uvalde.’

Meta is also named in one of the lawsuits, but most of the lawsuits target Activision Blizzard as the publisher of Call of Duty and Daniel’s Defense, the maker of the weapon used in a school shooting that killed 22 and injured another 21.

‘Knowing Disclosure’

At the heart of the lawsuits, which were revealed on May 24th, Activision and Meta have joined forces with the arms industry to ‘reach out’ to young, impressionable people. This is the damning claim Koskoff made in a statement:

The truth is that the gun industry and Daniel’s defense did not act alone. They can’t reach this kid but for Instagram. They couldn’t expose him to the dopamine loop that would literally kill a person. That’s what Call of Duty does.

(Meta and Activision Blizzard) knowingly exposed the shooter to the weapon, conditioned him to see it as the solution to his problems, and trained him to use it.

This is not the first time that Call of Duty has been cited as the root cause or blame for a tragic school shooting. In 2012, the Sandy Hook shooter — who also ran rampant in elementary school — was accused of being obsessed with video games, particularly Call of Duty. That was a few years ago Josh Koskoff successfully led the legal campaign Against used arms manufacturer Remington that Shooting.

Activision Blizzard published an immediate response to the lawsuits, stressing that they sympathize with the ‘horrific and heartbreaking’ events in Uvalde in 2022, but that ‘millions of people around the world enjoy video games without resorting to horrific acts’.

This has long been an argument in favor of violent video games. When Donald Trump took to the podium to ‘take a strong stand’ in 2019 Against violent games Like Call of Duty, communities around the world have two billion gamers, many of whom play violent games, research shows. No Influencing them to arm themselves with assault rifles and go on vicious rampages.

If Activision’s lawsuit against Blizzard is successful, claims that the games ‘knowingly promote dangerous weapons to millions of vulnerable young people’ could have dramatic repercussions against the industry. From Fortnite to Grand Theft Auto and Rainbow Six to Battlefield, real-world weapons have been replicated in thousands of video games.

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