I’m sure the parents and loved ones of those killed in the Parkland school shooting will take great comfort in knowing that their children were shot and killed by “very small bullets” that are used for target practice and shooting “varmint” (“Banning AR-15 won’t protect children, but this will”).
Letter write Jim Clark informs us that the gun manufacturers added “cosmetic features” to “make it look scary,” which apparently is supposed to make us feel safer. I can just imagine a gunman entering a school with an AR-15, and the principal announcing over the PA system: “We have an active shooter in the building. He is carrying an AR-15. Now, understand that this weapon is far less scary than it looks. Indeed, it fires only very small bullets, so our situation could be way more serious than it truly is now.”
I wonder if Mr. Clark has ever cared for a child with a gunshot wound. Ever seen the horrific damage done to a healthy and beautiful child lying on a bed in an ER trauma unit. Ever had to have the worst conversation ever with the parents about their worst nightmare?
The size of the bullet is irrelevant. It doesn’t matter about the relative scariness of the weapon involved. All that matters is that a beautiful child is dead, and no one will ever be the same.
Kevin McRedmond, M.D.
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