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In an incredible display of utter insipidity, Donald Trump Jr. insisted in a rage-fueled social media video on Saturday that Uvalde’s mass shooter could have killed 19 children and two teachers with a ‘bat’ .
Assault rifles are stigmatized when “fucked people” are the real problem, he railed in a video on Facebook.
The red-faced, almost watery-eyed Trump Jr. shouted that the shooter was a “sociopath” who could wreak the same havoc with almost any other weapon.
“It’s the gun; it is not the sociopath who wields it,” people claim, he complained. “He wouldn’t have done the exact same thing with a bat, or a bomb, or some kind of improvised device – or a machete?” he added.
The real problem is that people are “screwed”, and we have “crazy teachers” and “indoctrination programs” in our schools, he insisted.
“That’s what’s happening right now, guys. Enough is enough,” said Trump, who said he was looking for “accountability.” “Never end, man,” he added.
In fact, the gun is critical in the amount of destruction any shooter can deliver. Assault Rifles cause extreme trauma to the human body and bullets are spewed out at lightning speed, allowing a shooter to do maximum damage extremely quickly.
A San Antonio University Hospital pediatric trauma surgeon who helped save the lives of injured children at Uvalde Elementary School told CNN earlier this week that the high-velocity bullets tore through “large areas of tissue that instantly triggers a massive hemorrhage that can kill someone within five minutes. This is why mass shootings with assault rifles have so few survivors (unlike, say, an attack involving a bat).
“When a high-velocity firearm enters a body, it basically creates a wave and an explosion,” Dr. Lillian Liao told “Nightline. “So it looks like part of the body has exploded. high speed fire will create a giant hole in the body.
All of the survivors treated suffered “large destructive injuries”, which are more likely to affect an organ in a child’s small body, she said.
When Scottish parents and gun control advocates were fighting to ban large caliber handguns after 16 children were killed in a 1996 mass shooting at a school in Dunblane, the late Prince Phillip asked if someone beat people to death with a cricket bat, would they be banned too?
Obviously it was “nonsense,” Mick North, father of Sophie, 5, who was killed in Dunblane, told NPR on Friday, recalling the prince’s complaint.
Such statements completely ignore the appalling devastation of firearms, especially automatic weapons, North noted. “It’s too easy for someone to pick up something like a gun and wreak havoc in seconds and certainly in minutes,” he said.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.
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