Uvalde Families Sue Activision, Meta, Gun Maker

Activision Publishing is one of the targets of lawsuits filed today on behalf of Uvalde school shooting victims, reports The Washington Post. Filed by the lawyer who won a record settlement for Sandy Hook families, the suits target the Call of Duty publisher along with Instagram parent Meta and gun manufacturer Daniel Defense for how firearms are marketed on social media and in videogames. Word is: "The complaints contend the three companies are responsible for 'grooming' a generation of 'socially vulnerable' young men radicalized to live out violent video game fantasies in the real world with easily accessible weapons of war." Here's more:

One of those men, the legal team argues, was Robb Elementary shooter Salvador Ramos. The lawsuits allege Meta and Activision "knowingly exposed the Shooter to the weapon, conditioned him to see it as the solution to his problems, and trained him to use it.”

“Over the last 15 years, two of America’s largest technology companies — Defendants Activision and Meta — have partnered with the firearms industry in a scheme that makes the Joe Camel campaign look laughably harmless, even quaint,” the complaint states.