by Ron Chapman
Once again Americans faced the horrors of a school shooting. In this instance seventeen young people were killed and a similar number wounded. And make no mistake about it, being “wounded” by a high-powered rifle is serious. The resultant tissue damage is a consequence of both the projectile and the shockwave of impact.
It was interesting to watch on CNN when one of their reporters gathered four survivors and questioned them almost immediately following the event. These young people provided a mature assessment of the situation and regretted that the vultures were circulating to politicize the event. The reporter in this instance seemed deeply touched and impacted by their reasoned analysis.
With an increasing number of mass shootings in recent months, we are urged by law enforcement officials to keep an eye out. Report anything suspicious. “If you see something, say something” we are regularly told. The problem is, that in too many instances, the alarms raised by concerned citizens are falling on deaf ears.
The DDM4V7, from gun manufacturer Daniels Defense, “is not considered a short-barreled rifle so it does not require ATF approval or a tax stamp,” according to Military.com. In lay terms, the gun is a machine pistol that retails for $1,679. It’s a wonderful 10” barrel development that will greatly serve the army and other services. In the hands of civilians, however, it has the potential to be a killing machine that’s relatively easy to conceal and a boon for taking innocent lives.