Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston



Wednesday, March 29, 2023



From a blogger friend, Michael Kempster:

"The Washington Post thinks you should at least be given the opportunity to understand, in detail, just how Noah Posner, age 6, and Peter Wang, age 15, died of AR15 wounds. Perhaps this atrocious machine, designed solely to kill human beings, and marketed for obscene profit, doesn't belong in civil society. Perhaps. Just possibly":

'The AR-15 fires bullets at such a high velocity — often in a barrage of 30 or even 100 in rapid succession — that it can eviscerate multiple people in seconds. A single bullet lands with a shock wave intense enough to blow apart a skull and demolish vital organs. The impact is even more acute on the compact body of a small child.
'“It literally can pulverize bones, it can shatter your liver and it can provide this blast effect,” said Joseph Sakran, a gunshot survivor who advocates for gun violence prevention and a trauma surgeon at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
'During surgery on people shot with high-velocity rounds, he said, body tissue “literally just crumbled into your hands.”
'The carnage is rarely visible to the public. Crime scene photos are considered too gruesome to publish and often kept confidential. News accounts rely on antiseptic descriptions from law enforcement officials and medical examiners who, in some cases, have said remains were so unrecognizable that they could be identified only through DNA samples.
'As Sakran put it: “We often sanitize what is happening.”...'

IMO, the AR-15 and weapons like it do NOT belong in a civil society where teenagers can purchase them without a license or training. (Missouri and Texas)

The only purpose for an AR-15 is to kill. Period.

The 2nd Amendment is not unlimited. We banned AR-15s before; we can ban them again.


Grey One talks sass said...

We The People seem to be frozen with the shock of history repeating itself. Hope they warm up soon (climate change and this summer should help - haha).

I joke because the devastation caused by an assault type weapon is horrific; on purpose that is.

What do I mean? Well, a weapon that kills cleanly isn't much use in planning a war. The point is to create so many wounded and so much trauma that the opposing force must expend resources (aka beds and medical personnel) that take support for the soldiers at the front.

That is the point of the assault weapon. Havoc. Terror. Resource drain.

Second Amendment never was meant for this purpose but here we are.

Les Carpenter said...

How sick is a society or culture that is so callous that it allows such horrific weapons to be sold for use by the general public. This is not what any sane person, community, or sate wants and the goddamn government should not allow it. These weapons are weapons of war. They are not needed for hunting, target shooting, or any other purpose. Other than achieving maximum kill. IOW, weapons of war.

The criminal NRA, the gop, and a minority of citizens is all that support this senseless idiocy. Yet it remains unaddressed as more empty prayers and empty words of condolences go out from the very people who refuse to do a goddamned thing about it.

Sick, sick, sick...

Shaw Kenawe said...

Brian Krassenstein
When Republicans think Trans Americans are a bigger threat than AR-15's the world laughs:

"It's not a gun problem, it's a mental health problem."

That's something we hear after every recent mass shooting, and although I agree that mental health plays a role in many of these shootings, the "mental health" excuse is also a phrase that republicans use so that they can shift attention from the obvious gun problem in America

I've probably heard the phrase uttered 10-15 times by Republican politicians already regarding the Nashville school shooting. On the surface that's not a problem, but when you digest the facts it IS!

In September of 2022, 5 months after the Uvalde, Texas shooting, Congress put forth a bill called the Mental Health Matters Act, which expanded school mental health services. ALL 219 Democrats voted FOR it, out of 206 Republicans in the House, only 1 voted for it.

NEVER stop calling these people out for their hypocrisy!

The Prophet Dervish Z Sanders said...

We need to repeal the second amendment and take away all guns and other weapons, period! There is absolutely no reason to have guns, bows & arrows or any other weapon, ever.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Derv You know that will NEVER happen.

But we CAN and WE HAVE banned AR-15s. We can do that again.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Grey One talks sass, absolutely correct.

But selfish 2nd Amendment fetishers will not move one inch to protect the lives of children and teens -- more die from firearms than any childhood disease. And the selfish 2nd Amendment fetisher don't give a flying donut. They're more worried about drag queens reading to children. AFAIK, no children were killed by drag queens reading stories to them.

IMO,the Trumpublicans are not right in their heads.

Shaw Kenawe said...

Les You and I grew up in an America that had a 2nd Amendment, but we never saw this sort of carnage. It is the NRA and gun manufacturers who've brought this carnage on America and spurred on by the GOP. They are all complicit in this IMO.

Internationally, America is seen as a gun-ravaged country that can't stop killing its own children and adults because of a minority! 70% of the American people want something done!!!

It may be too late now. Because there are more firearms than people in this sorry country.

This latest carnage is not the fault of trans people; it is the fault of our insane GOPers who continue to look the other way while children a slaughtered and their pockets get filled by the NRA.

Dave Dubya said...

People who love their AR-15s say they are for home defense. When has any intruder been stopped by the 30th round from a large magazine? If the first or second shot misses, the attacker will be gone or the homeowner will be dead.

Gun nuts live in a fantasy world of violence where they get to kill people they hate or "liberate" America from democracy.

Mike said...

There are plenty of videos on Youtube that show how a military rifle rips a person apart.