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  •  I'm not qualified to speculate on that, really. (2+ / 0-)
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    Boris49, suesue

    As other comments have noted, news appears to be changing as I write.  Hopefully we have more info in the next 24-48 hours.

    "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

    by auron renouille on Sat Dec 15, 2012 at 12:41:58 PM PST

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    •  No, I meant about this gun model (0+ / 0-)

      Like, what makes this model of guns so dangerous?

      I found this description page for it but don't understand the specs:

      Here are the specs for the gun:

      Bushmaster AR-15 Carbine
      .223 Remington/5.56 NATO Caliber
      Lightweight Aircraft Quality Aluminum Receivers
      Thermoset Composite Stock
      A2 Front Sight
      14.5 inch Barrel with 1.5 inch Izzy Suppressor for 16 inch Legal Length
      30 round Magazine Capacity
      30.875 inches in Length
      Weighs 6.57 pounds without Magazine
      Black Finish
      Manufacturer Number BCWA3F14M4IZ

      For example, what does "30 round magazine capacity" mean? Does that mean it can shoot 30 bullets without reloading?
      The caliber is the size of the bullet, right?

      Like I said, I am hopelessly clueless about guns, and I suspect I am not the only one here.

      •  One concern is modification to full-auto (0+ / 0-)

        Though even with full-automatic, we were taught that short bursts were most effective, otherwise it pushes you off target.  

        Of course, a maniac probably wouldn't care about that.

      •  In answer... (1+ / 0-)
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        You are correct, .223/5.56mm is the caliber of the rifle. The .223 is the size in inches, the other is the metric equivalent.

        As to magazine size, that depends. The AR15 family utilizes changeable magazines that can range in capacity from 5 cartridges (aka "rounds") to 100. With a semi-automatic weapon, you can keep firing until the magazine is empty, no matter how many rounds it holds.

        Generally speaking, the most commonly available magazines for an AR15 are 20 and 30 round sizes, hence the "30 round Magazine Capacity" in the specifications. It is most likely the CT shooter had several 30 round magazines, thus the sheer number of shots fired could be quite high.

        A note on terminology: under existing firearms law, the term "automatic" refers to a weapon that can fire continuously with one trigger pull - until it runs out of ammunition, which essentially in popular knowledge is the definition of a machine gun. The term "semi-automatic" is used to describe any weapon that automatically reloads after a shot but requires the shooter to repeatedly pull the trigger for each round fired. Current AR15's (from any manufacturer) are required to be built so that they cannot be converted to full automatic fire. Fully automatic weapons of any kind are prohibitively expensive, legally difficult to own, and have no practical use outside of the military. I don't like the police to have them, but they do.

        Lanza had to deliberately pull the trigger dozens of times to do what he did: this is a deliberate act, no question about it. It is an act so heinous that it nearly defies description or rational thought, and I cannot even remotely fathom what he did. I am a teacher as well, and needless to say this hits extremely close to home. And, yes, I own firearms, which only serves to increase my anger and frustration that this happened, and until we change, will likely happen again.

        It's time to stop this peculiarly American madness.

      •  It means it can take a 30 round magazine (0+ / 0-)

        And it can pump out bullets as fast as you can pull the trigger.

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