Share “High-powered guns' ammunition particularly...”

High-powered guns' ammunition particularly destructive

The high energy of ammunition used in military-style, semi-automatic rifles causes more damage than similar bullets fired from other guns, an Oklahoma City trauma surgeon and police officers said.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL mkimball@opubco.com Published: December 23, 2012
Advertisement
/articleid/3739969/1/pictures/1913340">Photo - Oklahoma City say this AR-15 rifle was used in the 2010 assault on police officer Katie Lawson, who survived despite her assailant firing 20 rounds without reloading. The military-style rifle, shown in a 2011 photo, is similar to one used in the massacre in Connecticut this month. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman <strong>JIM BECKEL - The Oklahoman</strong>
Oklahoma City say this AR-15 rifle was used in the 2010 assault on police officer Katie Lawson, who survived despite her assailant firing 20 rounds without reloading. The military-style rifle, shown in a 2011 photo, is similar to one used in the massacre in Connecticut this month. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman JIM BECKEL - The Oklahoman

High-powered bullets, hollow-point ammunition and close-range shotgun blasts are among gunshot wounds that can be particularly destructive in different ways, Lees said. It's the speed of the bullets fired from military-style rifles that makes the wounds worse than those from lower-powered weapons.

“It's like the difference between being hit ... and being hit with a baseball bat,” Lees said.

Eddie Johnson, a former Oklahoma City police officer who is now a liaison to families for the state medical examiner, was careful to point out that guns don't fire themselves. But the high rate of fire compares with velocities similar to powerful deer hunting rifles, made to kill animals that can be significantly larger than humans.

“I've shot deer at over 150 yards and ... (the bullet) removed the shoulder with a high-powered rifle,” Johnson said. “So there's going to be a lot more shock value with that because of the speed they travel.”


AROUND THE WEB

  1. 1
    Demoted high-ranking Tulsa Sheriff's Office official has resigned, fourth to leave since Eric...
  2. 2
    Owasso man arrested after police find marijuana growing operation in his home
  3. 3
    Best sex education video ever, made by a Brit
  4. 4
    Two arrested in fatal shooting of woman found dead in Camaro at Tulsa intersection
  5. 5
    Your guide to fall festivals in Oklahoma
+ show more

FEATURED JOBS



× Trending politics Article