June 14, 2016

THEIR ONLY PURPOSE IS TO KILL PEOPLE:

Why The AR-15 Assault Rifle Used In Orlando Is So Common In Mass Shootings (CLARK MINDOCK AND CARLA ASTUDILLO, 06/14/16, IB Times)

Nine days ago, Mateen, who had been investigated by the FBI on two occasions, walked into a gun store near his home in Port St. Lucie and bought an AR-15 assault-style rifle. The next day, he came back and picked up a Glock 17 pistol. Last Thursday, he returned for large magazines of ammunition so he could fire multiple rounds. Wielding the weapons just a few days later, Mateen entered the Pulse nightclub and opened fire, killing 49 people over a few hours and wounding even more as law enforcement personnel scrambled outside to respond to and stop the carnage.

While assault rifles aren't used as frequently in everyday gun crimes as other types of weapons, they are responsible for some of the highest death tolls in mass shootings.

The AR-15 assault-style rifle is a modified version of the weapon used by many American troops overseas. One such rifle can cost about $1,200, commonly hold about 30 rounds in a magazine and be accurate as far as roughly 500 yards. A single pull of its trigger results in just one bullet exiting the firing chamber, unlike its military counterpart, the fully automatic M-16. Although AR-15s are commonly called assault rifles, the technical definition of that term implies a fully automatic weapon that can spray numerous bullets per trigger pull.

The AR-15's large magazines and the speed with which they can be exchanged make the rifle a go-to weapon for civilian shooters looking to spray a room with bullets. In fact, it was used to inflict massive damage by all the assailants in the mass shootings at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando Sunday; the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, last December; the Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon; and the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

Posted by at June 14, 2016 8:26 PM

  

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