Gun lobby incited mass shooter, alleges grieving son in lawsuit filed by Bracken Lamberton, LLC

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Lawsuit takes aim at gun lobby and Colt Manufacturing for Tree of Life mass shooting

A groundbreaking lawsuit filed against Colt Manufacturing alleges that anti-Semitic gun lobby propaganda incited Robert Bowers to kill 11 Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue with an AR-15, a machine gun not suitable for civilians. If successful, Colt could be exposed to millions of dollars in damages.

“Our goal first and foremost is to save lives,” said Robert Bracken of Bracken Lamberton, LLC, one of the lawyers representing Marc Simon whose parents were murdered. “If we can prevent just one hate crime or avert just one mass shooting, it’s worth it.”    

According to court papers, the gun lobby allegedly radicalized Mr. Bowers with a flood of white supremacist conspiracy theories about Jews, and incited him to commit one of the bloodiest acts of domestic terrorism in United States’ history and the deadliest anti-Semitic hate crime ever on American soil.

“We've seen what can happen with hate speech on social media," said Charles Lamberton, co-counsel for Mr. Simon. “It echos around and gets amplified. Dangerous people become more dangerous. It's a recipe for disaster." Bracken added, “AR-15s are designed to kill people. That’s the only thing they’re good for. A company that puts profits ahead of people and floods our markets with these military weapons must be held accountable.”

Asked what lies ahead, Lamberton replied, “We’re going to trial and we’re going to win.” The case is Marc A. Simon, as Executor of the Estates of Sylvan Simon and Bernice R. Simon v. Colt Manufacturing Company, LLC et. al., GD-20-011130 (Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas).

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