Connecticut’s Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver released a list of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting, as well as their cause of death. “I’ve been at this over a third of a century… This probably is the worst that I have seen…”
Carver has determined that all of the wounds were caused by the “long weapon”, the Bushmaster .223 semi-automatic rifle. “I believe everybody was hit more than once.” Describing the bullets as causing devastating injuries, he explained, “The bullets are designed in such a fashion the energy is deposited in the tissue so the bullet stays in.”
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Carver also released the names and dates of birth of the victims.
1. Charlotte Bacon (DOB 2/22/06)
2. Daniel Barden (9/25/05)
3. Rachel Davino (7/17/83)
4. Olivia Engel (7/18/06)
5. Josephine Gay (12/11/05)
6. Ana M. Marquez-Greene (4/4/06)
7. Dylan Hockley (3/8/06)
8. Dawn Hocksprung (6/28/65)
9. Madeleine F. Hsu (7/10/06)
10. Catherine V. Hubbard (6/8/06)
11. Chase Kowalski (10/31/05)
12. Jesse Lewis (6/30/06)
13. James Mattioli (3/22/06)
14. Grace McDonnell (11/04/05)
15. AnneMarie Murphy (07/25/60)
16. Emilie Parker (5/12/06)
17. Jack Pinto (5/6/06)
18. Noah Pozner (11/20/06)
19. Caroline Previdi (9/7/06)
20. Jessica Rekos (5/10/06)
21. Avielle Richman (10/17/06)
22. Lauren Russeau (6/1982)
23. Mary Sherlach (2/11/56)
24. Victoria Soto (11/4/85)
25. Benjamin Wheeler (9/12/06)
26. Allison N. Wyatt (7/3/06)
The rifle used was designed for military and law enforcement.
At the very least, it’s clear that lifting the assault weapons ban per the NRA and Republicans under Bush was a tragic mistake. Even if we were to regulate semi-automatic weapons along with these types of bullets — neither of which have any place in civilian hands — they are already out there.
Any attempt to seriously address this problem will be hampered by the reckless, greedy mistakes of the past.
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