During the recent elementary school shooting in Nashville, Tennessee, the suspected shooter was reportedly carrying two assault-type rifles and a handgun, all of which have been involved in some of the deadliest mass shootings across the United States over the past decade.
The police shared the video on Twitter and said “Active shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale drove to Covenant Church/School in her Honda Fit this morning, parked, and shot her way into the building. She was armed with 2 assault-type guns and a 9-millimeter pistol”.
The AR-15-style rifle, one of the firearms carried by the suspect, has become increasingly popular and is estimated to be owned by approximately one in 20 US adults, or roughly 16 million Americans, according to Ipsos and The Washington Post polling.
Two of the firearms were assault rifles while the third was a handgun, as depicted in the photos. The guns had various stickers and inscriptions, such as “Hellfire” and “Aiden”, which happen to be a name used by Hale on the internet.
The AR-15-style rifles have been used in 10 of the 17 deadliest mass shootings since 2012, including the Uvalde, Texas and Buffalo, New York massacres in 2020.
These powerful rifles were also involved in two of the deadliest mass shootings in recent history, the 2017 Las Vegas music festival shooting that killed 60 people and the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newton, Connecticut, which remains the deadliest mass shooting at an elementary school in US history, claiming the lives of 26 people.
AR15 Rifle used by Audrey Hale
The AR-15 rifle is a semi-automatic rifle that is popular among gun enthusiasts, hunters, and sport shooters. It is a lightweight, gas-operated, magazine-fed rifle that has been around since the 1960s. The AR-15 was designed by ArmaLite, but the rights to the design were sold to Colt in 1959.
AR-15 is a modular rifle, meaning that it can be customized and modified with a variety of aftermarket parts to fit the user’s specific needs and preferences. The rifle is also highly accurate, easy to operate, and has a low recoil, making it popular among both novice and experienced shooters.
The AR-15 is often confused with the military’s M16 rifle, but they are not the same. The M16 is a fully automatic rifle, while the AR-15 is semi-automatic and cannot be fired continuously with a single trigger pull.
How it is easy in America to secure such guns
In the United States, firearms can be legally purchased by individuals who meet certain criteria, such as age, criminal background, and mental health history.
The exact requirements vary by state and type of firearm, but generally, someone over the age of 18 or 21 with a clean criminal record and no history of serious mental illness can legally purchase one. firearms, including assault-style rifles such as the AR-15.
In some states, individuals can purchase firearms from private sellers without a background check, making it easier for individuals who are not legally allowed to possess firearms to obtain them.
Additionally, there is no federal law that requires gun owners to register their firearms or undergo any training, although some states have their own registration or training requirements.
The availability of firearms in the United States, combined with relatively lax regulations surrounding their purchase and ownership, has led to many gun-related incidents, including mass shootings.
However, it is important to note that the majority of gun owners in the United States are law-abiding citizens who use their firearms for lawful purposes such as hunting and self-defense.
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