Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sandy Hook 12-14-12

    Image by cnn.com 

Bushmaster semi-automatic assault rifle - AR-15
Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
Caliber: 5.56 NATO/223 Rem
Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
Weight: 6.7 lbs.
Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female
Length: 32.5”
Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
Barrel length: 16”
Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
Muzzle: ½ x 28
Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
Barrel: 4150 chrome-moly steel w/chrome-lined bore/chamber
Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
 The .223 caliber load is popular because it has better fragmentation upon impact…
Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
Parts, whether newly manufactured or surplus, are plentiful from dozens of companies - which will sell you non-restricted parts.
Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
Ban Criteria Features: Post-Ban AR-15 rifles, by law, cannot have more than 2 of the following features:
Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
a. Detachable magazine
Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
b. Pistol grip
Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
c. Threaded barrel/flash hider
James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
d. Collapsible stock
Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
e. Bayonet lug
Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
f. Grenade launcher
Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
With a Bushmaster for security and home defense, you can sleep tight knowing that your loved ones are protected.
Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
. Bushmaster offers everything you need to ensure the safety of you and your family.
Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
Our high-quality pistols, carbines, and rifles are extremely reliable, easy to shoot, and include lightweight carbon models that are perfect for women.
Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
With the "Sunset" of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban on Sept. 13th, 2004, Bushmaster can again offer features on the AR15 type rifle that had been deemed illegal for those 10 years
Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
such as
Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
flash suppressors,
Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
 bayonet lugs,
Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
collapsing telescopic stocks
Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
and high capacity magazines.
Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
Availability: As a result of the military’s adoption and continued usage of the rifle, the shooting public is blessed with a variety of manufacturers of AR-15 variants.
Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female
The author - or Bushmaster Firearms, Inc. / Quality Parts Co. - assumes no liability for accuracy of the information herein contained.

Note: Victims’ information from Huffington Post 
Weapon information can be found on the Bushmaster Website, including an article, A PROSPECTIVE AR-15 OWNER/BUILDER'S PRIMER, by Ron Wu. 

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  1. Goosebumps are standing up on my arms and my eyes are swimming. I can't even respond to this. Grief and horror combine. What a powerful illustration with the age of my daughter mingled among the birth dates :(....

  2. Thank you...this is what finally came when I managed to stop crying. Hug your daughter and I'll hug mine, and my son. Even though they're in their 20's.

  3. . . . . . .

    ..all i can offer is my silence & prayers...
    thank you Mary...

  4. Fascinating: side-by-side, the implications are clear.
    Sad -- thank you

  5. wow...really nicely done mary ugh...we can hope that what is coming out of congress right now is not just talk and they are willing to have a conversation on gun control that makes a difference....

  6. All I can say is "WOW"
    What a sad and scary perspective.

  7. These were innocents, babies ... to take their lives in this hideous way is unthinkable. Your post is so incredibly powerful.

  8. I appreciate this pairing. It makes for a powerful statement. I am late and kind of speechless but manged a few words on this too.

    1. Thank you. I went through a great deal of weeping and ranting before I came up with this.

  9. You show wisdom and grace in writing this piece. Thank you, Mary.

  10. Perfectly written Mary....Thanks

  11. Such a telling narrative Mary - the layering is a perfect device for raising questions. Heartbreaking.

  12. What can I say? I'm so sad, and angry.

  13. Very clever juxtaposition. The lists devoid of emotion - and the more heartrending for it.

    1. Thanks Doctor - I had my cry and my rant privately.

  14. The way you posed the contrasts sent a chill right to my bones. Such overwhelming sadness, my heart still aches for the families.

  15. very clever and evoking way to present this detail. Quite capturing. Send peace and love ~ Rose

  16. Chilling! I'm so glad you were able to write this. It is so important that we not remain silent. I attempted the same subject this week too. Thank you for sharing.

  17. This literally took my breath away. For all the wrong reasons. The way in which the tragedy of the deaths is linked to the promotion of the weapon is chilling.

    1. Thank you Catherine. I'm still struggling to get my head around the whole thing.