Shadow weapons are killing Americans—and there’s no getting rid of them

Eighty percent of the firearm-related deaths in the United States come from these 20 guns, which, unfortunately, the world’s deadliest weapons don’t actually shoot, but instead contain a vast arsenal of bullets. It’s been…

Shadow weapons are killing Americans—and there’s no getting rid of them

Eighty percent of the firearm-related deaths in the United States come from these 20 guns, which, unfortunately, the world’s deadliest weapons don’t actually shoot, but instead contain a vast arsenal of bullets.

It’s been almost a decade since there has been an incident where a rifle, loaded with these 300,000-round-per-cartridge “ghost guns,” wound up in the hands of an attacker.

An unfolding scandal in America raises serious questions about how guns have become a powerful influence in our society. In short, only a small number of people can legally get their hands on “ghost guns,” which are invisible because they lack serial numbers. (In the absence of serial numbers, the former deputy United States attorney general confirmed that former presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, as well as Henry Ford, have possibly purchased these blank firearms.)

And in the case of these very limited quantities, that affects the rest of us — children, the police, potential victims, and law enforcement. The supply of these very small arms, coupled with the gun sales market’s unlimited appetite for these weapons, fuels an epidemic of violence in America.

Imagine having to run your life with this choice: If I put the pistol in the right place, my life is fine. If I put the rifle in the wrong place, maybe the kids in the back are going to get shot. If I put the mask in the wrong place, maybe the suspect is going to shoot me. If I put the light socket in the wrong place, maybe the kids in the back don’t get hit.

But at the end of the day, the difference between death and survival requires us to aim low enough to account for every single option. The authorities can’t tell you which bullets will kill. If the supply of these lethal ammunition clips is limited, then we need to make sure everyone knows it.

Connecticut State Police are hoping to solve this mystery once and for all with the launch of an interactive website, “Ghost Guns,” that helps people figure out what caliber and caliber format of bullets these weapons are normally made with, and for what uses. Whether it’s really a just a mere stencil gun or the deadliest weapon in human history that we know of, we need to be able to see that.

It’s a small step in an effort to make the world a safer place. Maybe there will eventually be universal background checks, better surveillance, and even bans on military-style rifles and guns like these. But until the violence ends, we must help to explain what’s really going on, and let people know the truth about the harms these weapons cause.

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Above: Tribune News Service: The magazine says, “These automatic and semiautomatic weapons load up to 7.62 mm NATO. It’s really the entire range of modern firearms, ranging from Magpul AG’s Point Blank machine pistol, a .38-caliber pistol, to a 9mm Smith & Wesson from gunshopchampion.com, to a .308-caliber rifle like the Sig Sauer 716, with a detachable magazine” in addition to the 30-round (and expandable in-vehicle mag that I use for target practice and practice-range accuracy) magazine with the mass quantities of ammunition attached. Despite what you hear on YouTube and from all those folks touting “eagle shooter” training in videos designed to sell Magpul’s assault weapon, it doesn’t possess a rod-magazine.

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