Wednesday, 28 February 2018

New York Times article comparing USA military rifles M16 and M4 with AR-15 civilian rifle used in many mass shootings in USA

Note: Readers who prefer not to read about such disturbing topics like mass shootings may please skip reading (rest of) this post.

With AR-15s, Mass Shooters Attack With the Rifle Firepower Typically Used by Infantry Troops, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/28/us/ar-15-rifle-mass-shootings.html, 28th Feb. 2018

Some points from the above article:

* AR-15 has been used as either the only gun or one of the guns, in the following mass shootings:
  a) Parkland, Flordia, Feb. 2018, 17 killed
  b) Sutherland Springs, Texas, Nov. 2017, 28 killed
  c) Las Vegas, Nevada, Oct. 2017, 58 killed
  d) San Bernardino, California, Dec. 2015, 14 killed
  e) Newton, Connecticut (Sandy Hook), Dec. 2012, 27 killed
  f) Aurora, Colorado, Jul. 2012, 12 killed

* AR-15 is a civilian rifle which is quite close to functionality of USA military M16 and M4 rifles.

* Main difference between USA military's M16 and M4 rifles and an AR-15 civilian rifle is: M16 and M4 have a burst mode on many models allowing for 3 bullets to be fired per trigger pull, and have automatic feature in some models which allows for continuous fire till magazine is empty or trigger is released.

* For decades USA military has trained its regular troops to use M16 and M4 on semi-automatic mode (not burst mode) as it is more accurate. So the regular military use of M16 and M4 rifles is like how an AR-15 is used.

* Thus the Parkland shooter used the AR-15 like the USA military typically uses its military rifles M16 and M4. The article has two short video clips comparing the USA military use of a standard military rifle and how the Parkland, Florida shooter used his AR-15.

The article quotes a 20 year Marine veteran as saying, "They [AR-15 rifles] are the Formula One cars of guns, designed to kill as many people as quickly and efficiently as possible" .. "We are seeing battlefield-level casualties because we are allowing those weapons on our street".

[I thank nytimes.com and have presumed that they will not have any objections to me sharing the above small extracts and notes made from their website on this post which is freely viewable by all, and does not have any financial profit motive whatsoever. Please note that this post deals with a serious social problem.]

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