This is the kind of Bushmaster .223 assault rifle that was used to murder 20 children and 6 adults in Sandy Hook this week. It is also the same kind of assault rifle used in the DC sniper shootings, the recent shooting in Colorado, and by troops in Afghanistan. In Connecticut, each victim was hit more than once — and the medical examiner told the Times that the wounds were “all over, all over.” There is no reason that anybody needs a weapon of this caliber for anything but warfare.
Perhaps Gail Collins put it best:
“Every country has a sizable contingent of mentally ill citizens. We’re the one that gives them the technological power to play God.”