Dr. H. Wayne Carver, Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner, indicated minutes ago that a “long rifle” was used yesterday in the Newtown, Connecticut shooting at an Elementary School. MSNBC described the long rifle as a Bushmaster .223 Caliber Assault Rifle. The semiautomatic weapon used reportedly had a 30 round magazine and was designed for use by military and law enforcement. Sandy Hook Elementary School victim autopsies were completed on 20 children and six adults on Saturday. The results showed the victims were each shot with multiple bullets fired from the Bushmaster .223 caliber assault rifle. The victims included 12 girls and 8 boys who were ages 6 and 7. The six adult victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School were women ranging from age 27 to 56. The identified suspected shooter was a male age 20 who reportedly shot himself per police. The suspected shooter and his mother (who was found dead in their Newtown home) will reportedly have autopsies done on 12-16-2012.
The frequency of violent behavior instances toward people such as what has reportedly transpired in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday may not change with decreasing the legal manufacture and sale worldwide of certain weapons to the public. It does seem that “assault weapons” enable individuals to kill and injure many people in a short amount of time (Intensity of Violence Against People). Ceasing legal manufacture and sale of “assault weapons” in the US (And Elsewhere) to the public could reduce Intensity of Violence Against People.
The US President no doubt is aware that powerful lobbying by such groups as the National Rifle Association have been instrumental in legal manufacture of so called assault weapons. Such assault weapon availability does appear to be a principal reason for the continued Intensity of Violence Against People. The US Leadership, collectively, has not apparently opposed the strongest relevant lobbyists such as the National Rifle Association.
The US President apparently unfortunately has not made combatting either violence or poverty directly a priority; if he has this author has not been made aware of such a priority in the nearly past four years of his Presidency.
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Louis DeCola, Jr. © 2012 The Hygiology Post ®