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Uvalde shooting victims’ families sue Call of Duty’s makers and Meta


  • Families of 2002 Uvalde school shooting victims sue Activision Blizzard, Meta, and gun maker Daniel Defense.
  • Lawsuits claim companies promoted weapons to vulnerable youths, citing links between games like Call of Duty and real-life violence.
  • Activision responds, expressing sympathy but defending video games as enjoyed by millions without causing violence.

The families of victims in the 2002 mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas have brought civil lawsuits against Call of Duty developer Activision Blizzard, as well as Meta Platforms and the gun manufacturer Daniel Defense.

Nineteen children and two teachers were murdered in the rampage carried out by 18-year-old Salvador Ramos on May 24, 2022. Two lawsuits, filed in Texas and California, claim the companies helped promote dangerous weapons to “socially vulnerable” young men.

The lawsuit alleges that Call of Duty “creates a vividly realistic and addicting theater of violence in which teenage boys learn to kill with frightening skill and ease.” The lawsuit goes on to say how the AR-15 assault rifle which can be used in the game has become “the weapon of choice for most Call of Duty players – and mass shooters.”

Facebook’s parent company, Meta has also been included in the filing, and the attorneys have questioned its advertising around firearms.

“With Instagram’s blessing and assistance, purveyors of assault weapons can inundate teens with content that promotes crime, exalts the lone gunman, exploits tropes of hypermasculinity and revenge, and directs them where to buy their Call of Duty-tested weapon of choice.”

The school shooter was said to have purchased a firearm from gun maker Daniel Defense, which was then used to attack the school. The team behind the lawsuit alleges that Daniel Defense “engages in illegal, unlawful, and wrongful marketing of firearms to minors and illegal offers to sell firearms to minors.”

The families are working with attorney Josh Koskoff, who previously worked with the families of victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.

Activision responds to the Uvalde victims’ lawsuit

A range of media publications have reached out to Meta, Daniel Defense, and Activision Blizzard for comment.

“The Uvalde shooting was horrendous and heartbreaking in every way, and we express our deepest sympathies to the families and communities who remain impacted by this senseless act of violence,” an Activision Blizzard spokesperson told CBS News. “Millions of people around the world enjoy video games without turning to horrific acts.”

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Sophie Atkinson
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Sophie Atkinson is a UK-based journalist and content writer, as well as a founder of a content agency which focuses on storytelling through social media marketing. She kicked off her career with a Print Futures Award which champions young talent working in print, paper and publishing. Heading straight into a regional newsroom, after graduating with a BA (Hons) degree in Journalism, Sophie started by working for Reach PLC. Now, with five years experience in journalism and many more in content marketing, Sophie works as a freelance writer and marketer. Her areas of specialty span a wide range, including technology, business,…

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