Great article, as always.
More fun facts:
- A child is more than ten times more likely to be murdered by their own parents than to die at the hands of a school shooter.
- The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearm industry’s trade group, recently estimated that American civilians own 16 million modern sporting rifles (MSRs or “assault rifles” in Bloomborg-speak). Since the Colt AR-15 Sporter went on sale in 1964, a grand total of 36 MSRs have been used in U.S. mass shooting incidents. That’s 0.00023% of the total.
- The Assault Weapons Ban went into effect on September 13, 1994 and expired on September 13, 2004. From 2005 to 2017, the the average rate at which all types of rifles combined were use in homicides reported to the FBI through the Uniform Crime Reporting system was 20.8% lower than it was during the ban.
- Exactly two people under the age of 21 have used a legally purchased MSR in a mass shooting. The first was Dean Mellburg, who used a MAK-90 in a mass shooting at Fairchild Air Force base in 1994. The other was Nikolas Cruz, who used a Smith & Wesson M&P-15 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018. There are an estimated 12.7 million young American adults ages 18, 19 and 20 and one of them used a legally owned military style rifle in a mass shooting. That’s 0.000016% of adults under age 21.
- The shotgun injury in the presentation involved birdshot. It may well be that wounds from buckshot fired at close range are somewhat uncommon in a hospital environment. They are more likely to require the services of a medical examiner than a surgeon. Any doctor who moans about the .223 Remington should observe an autopsy on a shotgun victim. In the shooting at Santa Fe High School, the killer used a 12-gauge Remington 870 pump shotgun. One of the injured was a district police officer attempting to engage the killer. The killer fired one shot into the torso of the officer. While the officer’s ballistic armor prevented significant penetration of the torso, he flatlined twice while being transported to a hospital due blunt force trauma and damage to the officer’s arms. Surgeons had to rebuild both arms. The incident happened a year ago; at the last report, the officer was still in physical rehabilitation and will not be able to return to work.
The Remington 870 has been exempted by every weapons ban ever proposed.
Doctors really need to know more about the relative wounding capabilities of various types of firearms.