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If only there was *something* we could do to stop mass shootings…

I just can’t put my finger on it

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 shreds of the organ that had been hit by a bullet from an AR-15, a semi-automatic rifle which delivers a devastatingly lethal, high-velocity bullet to the victim. There was nothing left to repair, and utterly, devastatingly, nothing that could be done to fix the problem. The injury was fatal.

I know it will come to me if I just think hard enough…

When Coral Springs police officers arrived at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14 in the midst of the school shooting crisis, many officers were surprised to find not only that Broward County Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, the armed school resource officer, had not entered the building, but that three other Broward County Sheriff’s deputies were also outside the school and had not entered, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. The deputies had their pistols drawn and were behind their vehicles, the sources said, and not one of them had gone into the school.

With direction from the Broward deputies who were outside, Coral Springs police soon entered the building where the shooter was. New Broward County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, and two of those deputies and an officer from Sunrise, Florida, joined the Coral Springs police as they went into the building.

Some Coral Springs police were stunned and upset that the four original Broward County Sheriff’s deputies who were first on the scene did not appear to join them as they entered the school, Coral Springs sources tell CNN. It’s unclear whether the shooter was still in the building when they arrived.

I don’t know what I’m missing…

Nope, I got nothin’.

52 Responses

  1. It’s not you who is missing something, it’s that group of individuals that are held captive by the Republican party and their enablers, like the NRA, the Koch Bros., etc.

    The fact that no one has given back their NRA money is quite telling. It’s not just Rs (although it is mostly Rs). Here is a helpful list<

    • I really like sarah’s Idea. Can’t you just hear it now?

      “We have reports of another mass shooting in [insert city name here. Survivors say the shooter was using a Marco Rubio when he gunned down 15 students and 4 faculty members”

      “Deputy Smith, tell us why you didn’t engage with the shooter?”
      “Well, I assessed the situation Anderson and realized my pistol was no match for the Marco Rubio he was using. The bullets were coming so fast and hard they tore up the column I was standing behind. I couldn’t get a good shot at him. {{deputy chokes up}} Those poor kids. All they wanted to do was go see a movie. We’ve got to stop these Marco Rubios from falling into the wrong hands.”

      Etc, etc

      • I loved that comment when I saw it… I just don’t see that happening though. What I did yesterday when I saw this image in ThinkProgress was to immediately write to Hertz and FedEx, the only two of these companies that I have a relationship with and tell them I was going to cut them off unless they dropped their NRA affiliation. I did it out of rage, and thought it would likely have no affect, however when I first saw the image, NONE of the companies were struck out… Now it’s most, so obviously many others feel the same rage.

        • Marco Rubio might not show up on TV but I’m betting it catches on everywhere else. It really captures the whorish nature of the NRA Republican.

          • Identify every R and tie them to the blood money they get from the NRA in each campaign. Talk about what this article is saying about bullet wounds and ask why they need this weapon so easily bought by anybody, least of all a teenager in an urban setting?

      • Yep, that would do it. Saw the tweet and Laura Ingraham’s weak response was this is how young people talk to adults. These kids are really good with their words.

  2. How could anybody buy this weapon of mass destruction so easily and for what other purpose? I think media should write endless articles on trumpers who buy this. Every Democrat running for office should have assault weapons ban as their top item. The time is right.

  3. 1. Only cops should have guns
    2. Cops are racist
    3. Cops won’t protect you

    The best part is that you want Trump (that fascist, racist Hitler guy) to take away everybody’s guns.

    • It sounds like the NRA implant was successful. It has bypassed your logic board.

      Really, Niles, I thought you were a better brand of troll. You disappoint me. You are not living up to your potential. Can we speak to your management?

    • No, Niles, the Deep State is supposed to get rid of Cheeto Benito before the Shallow State takes away your iron peckers.

      Do try to keep up, dear boy.

      Or…you could just do this:

    • Why don’t you ask your hero Cadet Bone Spurs, the five-time draft dodger, what he knows about firefights?

  4. I want trauma surgeons to go around the country and campaign for assault weapons ban.

  5. Sorry, RD; I apparently haven’t been posting enough cute anime schoolgirls to repel cr@wd@ds effectively.

    After School Tea Time (HTT) from K-On! in Wonderland. IIRC, click once, then click again, and it gets much bigger.

  6. Yes!! this is exactly what I was thinking.

    • The kids don’t get paychecks signed by media McDucks, who don’t want their employees doing anything that might hamper the Cruelty and Treason Party–oh, excuse me, the GOP–from passing more tax cuts for McDucks. 👿

      • Whatever happened to speak truth to power or the honest arbitrators for the society giving voice to what is right? What do they teach these journalists in journalism school these days?

        • I don’t know what they are taught in journalism school, but I do know what the rest of our society teaches them:

          Get yours, by any means necessary that you can get away with, and to Areinnye with everyone else.

          Many alleged Christians follow this philosophy in their lives outside the church building.

  7. Wow, must see video. This is Cameron Kasky’s (that awesome kid you have seen on TV) father and his autistic brother who is also a survivor.

  8. Hey, have you seen that David Hogg kid? He’s amazing. He’s going to be the next news media superstar.

    • Yep, I think he is the one credited as starting all this (I remember Emma G saying that), in the very first media interviews at the scene of the shooting and others followed suit. Just saw him on Joy Reid. The right wing nutcases tried to smear him and his family and his mom said they are getting death treats.There are so many students so articulate and hungry to do the right thing and to get others to do right by them coming out of this tragedy. It is awe inspiring.

      • The same people who anonymously make death threats to kids turn around and accuse the school resource officer of cowardice.

        I wonder how many of them turn around a third time and go off to Dead Injun Creek Sanctified Church of (@$$)Holiness on Sunday.

        There must be some way, which I am not seeing, that right-wing hypocrisy is a feature to the right-wingers, not a bug.

    • And, God willing, Emma Gonzalez will be the President of the United States.

  9. As much as we admire these kids, we need to remember that they are doing the job of the adults who failed them. They are also taking a hit in the momentum they need to build their careers and life ambitions/goals. It is like my colleague smugly said — magnate kids don’t get into this type of stuff. Some of those magnate kids will reap the benefits of the sacrifices these kids make. At some point soon, adults have to rise up and free these kids to be kids and allow them to build their future.

  10. This guy Bernie Sanders is every bit nauseating as trump is. Fuck him and vote him out. He has to pay a price for the role he played in 2016 election.

  11. Here is a list of businesses STILL in cahoots with the NRA:


    Amazon continues to offer the NRA TV app, allowing anyone with a Fire TV or certain game controllers to watch the NRA’s television channel, despite calls from high-profile activists to drop the content.

    Everytown and Moms Demand Action, two gun safety groups, joined forces to launch a campaign Friday demanding that streaming services stop offering NRA TV.

    “NRA TV is home to the NRA’s most dangerous and violence-inciting propaganda,” Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts said in a statement. “It’s time for tech leaders to acknowledge their role in helping the NRA spread this dangerous content and cut it out.”

    A Change.org petition also aims to get NRA TV pulled from Amazon in particular.


    The NRA TV app is also available on Apple TV. The company did not respond to a request for comment.

    Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s

    Along with Cabela’s, which it acquired in 2017, Bass Pro Shops offers a wide variety of outdoor gear, and both stores are set to appear at the NRA’s national convention in May. A company spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


    Clearent, a credit card processing company, offers “firearms friendly” services geared toward NRA members. A representative did not respond to a request for comment.


    FedEx offers NRA members discounts from 18 percent to 26 percent on domestic and international shipping. A page on the NRA website describing FedEx offers has been removed, but the shipping company has not made a statement about any change in its relationship with the gun-rights group.

    GunsDown, an anti-gun group, has been petitioning FedEx to end its affiliation with the NRA for over a year.


    NRA TV is also available through Google’s Chromecast. The company did not respond to a request for comment.

    Harland Clarke Direct Selling Solutions

    Harland Clarke offers NRA-branded checks to members. The company did not respond to a request for comment.


    The company powers the NRA’s travel discount site, offering savings on airfare and hotel reservations with major chains including Best Western, Mariott, Hampton Inn and others. HotelPlanner intends to honor its contract with the NRA.

    “Our company provides discounted rooms to several large associations, including the NRA. These associations greatly benefit our customers by buying discounted rooms from groups that might otherwise be charged a penalty by hotels for not using all of the rooms in their block,” HotelPlanner CEO Tim Hentschel said in a statement. “Many of our groups are charity events, weddings, family reunions, and youth sports teams, so saving these groups that are on a budget from any unforeseen expense is our number one priority at HotelPlanner.com.”


    The Hyatt Regency hotel in Dallas will host NRA events during the group’s annual convention in May. A representative did not immediately return a request for comment.

    Lockton Affinity

    NRA members can purchase firearms insurance through Lockton Affinity, a group insurance provider. The company did not respond to a request for comment.


    ManageUrID, which aims to prevent personal information from being spread online, offers unspecified savings to NRA members. It did not respond to a request for comment.


    MidwayUSA offers a wide variety of outdoor goods, including camping gear, all-weather clothing and firearms.

    “No company in America is more dedicated to, and more supportive of, the goals of the National Rifle Association than MidwayUSA,” it states on its website.


    Through NetSpend, gun rights supporters can buy prepaid NRA-branded Visa debit cards. The company said it is reviewing its relationship with the NRA.

    Visa, meanwhile, said in a statement this week that its co-branded cards “do not represent an endorsement by Visa of that cause or organization.”

    “We strive to make our payment services available to all people in all places, for uses consistent with local, national, and international laws,” a Visa spokeswoman said.

    Omni Hotels

    Omni’s Dallas outpost will host events put on by the NRA as part of its national convention in May. A spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.


    Roku is another video streaming device that makes NRA TV available to viewers. A Roku spokeswoman said the company is “deeply saddened” by the Florida shooting.

    “We operate an open streaming platform” that allows customers to choose from thousands of entertainment, news and special interest channels, the spokeswoman said. “However our content policies prohibit the publication of content that is unlawful, invites illegal activities or violates third-party rights, among other things. If we determine that a channel violates these policies, it will be removed.”

    Vinesse Wines

    Vinesse operates a variety of wine clubs. The NRA has claimed its American Cellars Wine Club (the company’s flagship) as its official group. Vinesse did not respond to a request for comment.


    NRA TV is also available on YouTube, which operates a “three strikes” policy on channels that violate its terms and conditions. A representative did not respond to a request for comment.

    Businesses can do, or NOT do, business with whom they choose. If they choose to continue associating with an organization that profits off the death of children, that’s their choice. I choose however, to cut ties with said businesses. So will inform Amazon I will be cancelling my annual membership and do my shopping elsewhere because of this. And send a email to Apple, I’ve bought my last product from them, unless they decide to sever ties with this terrorist organization.

    Apple and Amazon are the two biggest, if they do the right thing, the others will fall like dominoes.

    • Just a heads up, Trist, WordPress throws some comments into moderation due to length. I have to go into the moderation queue and approve them. I do this as soon as I can, provided they aren’t some stupid shit from one of Niles’ friends. But sometimes I’m doing other things and don’t see them. Just be patient.
      The other option is to shorten the comment or break it up into bite sized pieces to keep WordPress from choking.

  12. What would trigger me most of all is if the conservatives decided to protest the satanic unfairness of the Amurkan political system by going on permanent vote strike.

    Why, I’d probably just throw a perfect hissy fit and die on the spot if conservatives never voted again.

    That’d show my smartass liberal ass who’s boss! 😛

  13. Alright, I cracked the code! /joking. The key I think to how well spoken these kids are and their quick wit and confidence, many of these guys are journalism students. Their school newspaper ‘The Eagle Eye’ is very good (which I heard Connie Schultz mention on BW). More reason to feel optimistic about these youngsters.

    • David was masterful this morning on Joy’s show. I was thrilled to hear he wants to be a journalist. Actually, he already is.

  14. Have I ever posted this here? 🙂

  15. Am I a terrible person for posting this? 😈

  16. Watch this video if you want to see what an AR-15 does.

  17. If the AR-15 style rifle is the common denominator of mass shootings, isn’t the real culprit the ammunition? I don’t see that the rifle itself adds velocity or exacerbates seriousness of the wound; isn’t it the charge behind the bullet and the make-up of the bullet that makes the difference? Didn’t Senator Moynihan make this point years ago?

    It’s a whole lot easier to control distribution of new ammunition than to confiscate weapons.

  18. 😈

  19. From 1993: 😡

  20. Who would choose to be a teacher in the USA these days?

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