” A U.S. Army sergeant charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians in cold blood was due in court on Wednesday for a court-martial proceeding in which he is expected to plead guilty under a deal with military prosecutors to avoid the death penalty,” news.yahoo.com reports. “Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a decorated veteran of four combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, is accused of roaming off his Army post in the Afghan province of Kandahar last March and gunning down [more than 16] unarmed villagers, mostly women and children, in attacks on their family compounds.” The coverage is all over the net today. Yet I can only find a single story [via nydailynews.com] detailing the firearms Bales used in his horrific attack . . .
Bales walked off the American base dressed in full combat gear and packing a 9-mm. pistol and an M-4 rifle outfitted with a grenade launcher.
The Army-issued Beretta pistol carries a 15-bullet magazine, while the gas-operated M-4 — a compact version of the better-known M-16 — fires a 5.56-mm. round at a rate of 700 bullets per minute.
Maybe “weapons of war” that “belong on the battlefield” should be banned, too. Or not. But it’s nice to see that the press doesn’t spend a moment blaming the guns for the spree killing. Right?