We Are Working to Help Uvalde Recover
You May Have Legal Rights
A Case for Women Has Been on the Ground in Uvalde Since the Tragedy
Immediately following the horrific shooting, we were on the ground consoling families and offering legal assistance. While we cannot change what happened, we can help families recover by helping them get compensation for the losses endured.
Our work is contingency based so you do not have to worry about affording an attorney.
The law firms working with Uvalde families are: JHLAW, PLLC, and Brooke F. Cohen Law, PLLC. Both are Texas born and bred with a passion for our state.
Jeff Hightower of JHLAW has over 20 years of experience in firearm litigation and consulted on the Sandy Hook tragedy that just resulted in a $73 million settlement against gun manufacturer Remington.
Brooke Cohen of Brooke F. Cohen Law, PLLC, has a history of helping Texas and is currently representing several families whose loved ones died because of the 2021 power outage after the massive Texas storm.
Gun Manufacturer Marketing and Young Men – A Perfect Storm
Daniel Defense, the maker of the gun used in Uvalde, is under scrutiny for its aggressive marketing. The NFL banned the manufacturer’s Super Bowl halftime commercial in 2014. With other advertisements invoking popular video games like “Call of Duty” and featuring “Star Wars” characters and Santa Claus, there is little doubt that the company sees teenagers as a lucrative business opportunity
Studies show the human brain is not fully mature until age 25 when the prefrontal cortex is fully developed, and violence/impulse controls are less reckless. Especially male teens are prone to violent impulsivity. “What you are seeing in the industry, in marketing these [guns] to kids, is priming youth for the day they turn 18 and go out and buy their first assault rifle,” said Josh Sugarmann, executive director of the gun-control group Violence Policy Center, which examined the gun industry’s marketing to youth and children in a 2016 report called “Start Them Young.”1
One week before the massacre, the manufacturer tweeted a photo of a young boy holding a Daniel Defense AR-15 in his lap. The caption, referencing a biblical proverb with a prayer emoji, read: “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it.“ 2
The Lawsuit – What You Can Do
A swath of America is unaware that actionable recourse even exists for casualties and survivors of mass shooting events. Powerful recourse does exist, however, through the civil court system. Similarly misunderstood are notions that legal action is petty, self-serving, inaccessible, unaffordable or ignoble.
Yes. The objective of holding corporate wrongdoers accountable is monetary, if scarcely comparable to the value of one human life. But financial compensation earned on behalf of a loved one in a U.S. court of law deserves high praise, certainly in a society where Buffalo and Uvalde occurred too closely together for sociology experts to make objective correlations between the events and subsequent surges in gun sales. A “gun violence plague” is theoretically fueled by the fear of subsequent, tighter gun regulations and/or a “pile-on effect” similar to a contagion spreading.3
- Mike McIntire, Glenn Thrush and Eric Lipton, “Start Them Young: How the Firearms Industry and Gun Lobby Are Targeting Your Children,” Violence Policy Center, February 18, 2016.
- Aimee Picchi, “#Gunporn #pewpew: How gunmakers market firearms to young Americans,”CBS News Money Watch, June 8, 2022.
- Belinda Luscombe, “How Gunmakers May Benefit from Mass Shootings,” TIME, June 14, 2022.