Military-Style Weapons, Battle-Style Wounds

Weapons like the military-style AR-15 rifle, which the 19-year-old Parkland school shooter bought legally, are designed to kill. Their bullets travel 3,000 feet per second, 2-3 times the speed of many common handguns.

When they don’t kill, the injuries they cause are beyond words. 5 trauma surgeons who have treated these injuries in the military, in American cities and in mass shootings, attempt to describe the indescribable.

“The tissue destruction is almost unimaginable. Bones are exploded, soft tissue is absolutely destroyed. The injuries to the chest or abdomen — it’s like a bomb went off,” said a surgeon who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The New York Times

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