The terrible balance of massacre committed in a Texas elementary school is closely related to the fact that the murderer, Salvador Ramos, it was equipped with a civilian variant of a military assault rifle designed to take as many victims as possible in record time.
Known in the United States as the “AR-15″, it is a semi-automatic rifle that has multiple versions. Its military design is “M16″, which can be unloaded in automatic mode.
Tuesday in Uvalde, Ramos managed to kill 19 students and two teacherseven though the police were on the scene.
But even before Over-the-counter AR-15s had already proven their sad efficacy in the series of shootings that plunged the United States into mourning.
“There is no important difference between (these rifles) and military weapons,” highlights the Violence Policy Center, a specialized think tank.
The Long List of America’s School Massacres
either during the massacre perpetrated in July 2012 in a movie theater in Colorado (82 victims, 12 dead)the massacre five months later in an elementary school in Connecticut (26 dead, 20 children) or the jihadist attack in December 2015 in San Bernardino in California (36 people affected, 14 dead), these light rifles equipped with chargers with large capacity, up to 30 bales and more.
One shooter, more than 500 victims
On October 1, 2017, the sexagenarian who shot from the 32nd floor of his hotel in Las Vegas, leaving 58 dead and around 500 wounded in the middle of a country music concert, he had several of those rifles.
One month after, the man who murdered 25 people in a church in Texas, in the middle of a religious service, also had an AR-15.
Like Nikolas Cruz, the young man who sowed death at Parkland High School in Florida on Valentine’s Day 2018.
in that same state in 2016, in a gay club in Orlando, more than a hundred victims fell under the bullets of a single assailant equipped with this assault rifle: 49 died and very serious injuries were found in several of the 53 survivors, given the extreme speed of the projectiles and their ability to destroy tissue.
“These weapons are used to commit terrible acts. They are called perfect killing machines. They propel bullets at breakneck speed that pass through bodies and cause terrible carnage.” declared at that time Joe Biden, then vice president of Barack Obama.
In 1994, the US Congress passed a law that banned assault rifles and some high-capacity magazines for ten years. The ban expired in 2004 and, since then, it has never been renewed, despite multiple attempts. The idea of a legislative backlash on the issue faded away.
In fact, the market for these extremely dangerous rifles is booming. Manufacturers present them as hunting, sports or leisure objects, or as the best response to the Americans’ need for self-defense. (I)