“Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock bought more than 30 weapons and had more than a dozen stashed in his hotel room as he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history,” foxnews.com reports. “The deadly cache included converted, fully automatic AR-15 style assault rifles with high capacity magazines. The weaponry suggests Paddock passed numerous FBI background checks, according to a law enforcement source.” Paddock had machine guns in two calibers . . .
.308 and .223 caliber. As you might expect, Fox’s description of the two calibers’ relative terminal performance leaves something to be desired . . .
The .223 is known as a typical AR-15 round. It would stop after hitting one adult, and is common in small game hunting.
The .308 is a heavy, long range bullet, meant for big game like elk and black bears. It is capable of penetrating 2 people. It is commonly used in an AR-10 rifle.
This may explain the number of injuries.
Or it may explain the severity of the injuries. Or not much.
In any case, the antis have coalesced around promoting another “assault weapon” ban. As Nick pointed it, a AWB 2.0 is highly unlikely to find legislative traction — on the federal level.
There’s at least one state that never lets a mass shooting go to waste: “Some of the weapons were bought in California.” You have been warned . . .