Why mass shooting killers choose the AR-15

The actual video is further into the story – this is a screen grab

The mass shooting this past April at an Indianapolis FedEx facility has something in common with the deadliest massacres – the AR-15 semiautomatic rifle. Variations of the AR-15 were used to kill at a Boulder, Colorado, supermarket, a Pittsburgh synagogue, Texas church, a Las Vegas concert, a high school in Florida, and Sandy Hook Elementary School. The AR-15 is the most popular rifle in America. There are over 19 million and they are rarely used in crime. Handguns kill far more people. But as we first reported in 2018, the AR-15 is the choice of our worst mass murderers. AR-15 ammunition travels three times the speed of sound. And tonight, we’re going to slow that down – so you can see why the AR-15’s high-velocity ammo is the fear of every American emergency room.

Mass shootings were once so shocking they were impossible to forget. Now they’ve become so frequent it’s hard to remember them all. In October 2018, at a Pittsburgh synagogue, eleven were killed, six wounded.

FBI Special Agent Robert Jones: This is the most horrific scene I’ve seen in 22 years with the Federal Bureau of Investigations. Members of the Tree of Life Synagogue conducting a peaceful service in their place of worship were brutally murdered by a gunman targeting them simply because of their faith.

Just 11 months before, it was a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Assistant fire chief Rusty Duncan was among the first to arrive.

Rusty Duncan: 90 percent of the people in there were unrecognizable. You know the blood everywhere, I mean it just covered them from head to toe. They were shot in so many different places that you just couldn’t make out who they were…

Rusty Duncan: I’ve never had the experience, not with any kind of weapon like this. For me to see the damage that it did was unbelievable, it was shattering concrete, I– you know, you can only imagine what it does to a human body.

And it goes on and on – transcribing the dialogue from the documentary. The horror in folks description is enough for me.

7 thoughts on “Why mass shooting killers choose the AR-15

  1. Doc says:

    Excerpt from a Project AGILE (1962) report documenting the lethality of the Colt AR-15, the prototype for the M16 assault rifle, during field trials in Vietnam

  2. p/s says:

    Five years on, shooting victims fight for government to admit liability (Washington Post) https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/08/13/sutherland-springs-victims-lawsuit/

    Ryland Ward shows a gunshot wound on his left arm on June 8. Ward was 5 when he was shot multiple times after a gunman entered First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Tex., killing 26 people with an AR-15 style weapon in 2017. (Joshua Lott/The Washington Post)


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