In the wake of The Pulse nightclub massacre, The Washington Post has brought out its big guns to vilify civilian gun ownership, tying it to mass murder. The gun used in the Orlando shooting is becoming mass shooters’ weapon of choice lists crimes committed with AR-15-style rifles.
One common denominator behind these and other high-casualty mass shootings in recent years is the use of assault style rifles, capable of firing many rounds of ammunition in a relatively short period of time, with high accuracy. And their use in these types of shooting is becoming more common: There have been eight high-profile public mass shootings since July of last year, according to a database compiled by Mother Jones magazine. Assault-style rifles were used in seven of those.
In the past 10 years, assault-style rifles have been used in 14 public mass shootings. Half of those shootings have occurred since last June . . .
. . . compared to other firearms, assault-style rifles make it fairly easy to kill or injure many people in within a short period of time. So perpetrators wishing to inflict indiscriminate harm on a large crowd of people often turn to them. Of the 10 mass shooting incidents with the highest number of casualties — killed AND wounded — in the U.S., seven involved the use of an assault-style rifle, according to Mother Jones’s database.
So . . . ban “assault rifles”! Again. Still. Except for the police, of course, who use them to kill mass shooters. Next up: Orlando shooting: The key things to know about about guns and mass shootings in America. Which are:
1. Shooting sprees are not rare in the United States.
2. Gun ownership in the United States is declining overall, but nearly a third of households still have a gun.
3. Active shooter events have become more common in recent years.
4. Of the 12 deadliest shootings in the United States, at least half happened after 2007.
5. America is an unusually violent country. But we’re not as violent as we used to be.
6. The South is the most violent region in the United States.
7. More guns tend to mean more homicide.
8. States with stricter gun control laws have fewer deaths from gun-related violence, but the connection is complicated.
9. Gun control, in general, has not been politically popular — and its popularity has been declining lately.
10. While general gun control isn’t that popular, particular policies are.
Nothing biased about that list. No doubt these posts presage a full-scale assault on Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms; from the WaPo, the NYT and all the usual suspects.