Radiologist Who Treated Victims of Parkland Shooting Explains Why the AR-15 Is More Deadly than a Handgun

Diane Ravitch's blog

This article in The Atlantic was written by a radiologist who treated victims of the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

In a typical handgun injury that I diagnose almost daily, a bullet leaves a laceration through an organ like the liver. To a radiologist, it appears as a linear, thin, grey bullet track through the organ. There may be bleeding and some bullet fragments.I was looking at a CT scan of one of the victims of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who had been brought to the trauma center during my call shift. The organ looked like an overripe melon smashed by a sledgehammer, with extensive bleeding. How could a gunshot wound have caused this much damage?
The reaction in the emergency room was the same. One of the trauma surgeons opened a young victim in the operating room, and found only…

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