The Blast Effect
The Washington Post published an article detailing the specifics of the wounds that killed victims in mass shootings, now that AR-15 class weapons1 seem to have become the weapon of choice rather than 9mm handguns.2
Once you get to the end of the article, it makes a point about just how quickly the carnage it’s been describing unfolded.
You have been on this page for 9 minutes and 9 seconds. It took 11 minutes for the shooter to kill 60 people and injure 869 others at a Las Vegas concert.
[Via Flowing Data]
A high velocity semiautomatic rifle fed by a magazine, firing much more powerful rounds more rapidly than the 9mm rounds used by handguns.↩︎
No photos of wounds, no blood. 3D models of the victims and of the areas of their bodies damaged by the track of bullets through bodies are used instead.↩︎
Which would prompt a storm of criticism about how invasive and unnecessary such an article’s graphic content was and (conveniently) divert the discussion away from the question of whether a society really needs to make it so easy to have such easy access to lethal weapons.↩︎