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TX – GUN CRIME – ‘Guns Don’t Kill People, Bullets Do’

The “manifesto” purportedly posted by the shooter accused of last weekend’s mass murder in El Paso, Texas, is in many respects typical of the genre — a dim mix of self-pity, self-aggrandizement and sub-sophomoric musings making a stab in the direction of philosophy. The first section is aptly titled “About Me.” The me-centric Texas man-child also included a section called “Gear,” where he weighs the merits of his consumer choices. USA Today explained: “The rambling online missive references the Wassenaar Arrangement Semi-automatic Rifles, or WASR-10, a Romanian AK-variant imported by some American distributors.”  Along with his AK-47-style semi-automatic rifle, he cites an 8m3 bullet, which appears to have something of a cult following owing to its capacity to expand and fragment inside bodies, causing “catastrophic wounds,” as the Trace stated. The shooter expresses worries about the WASR-10 overheating, and about the level of penetration inside his victims’ bodies that the bullet would provide, compared with alternative bullets. But he’s hoping that the 8m3’s fragmentation inside the flesh will compensate for any loss of penetration. It’s a sick soliloquy. But you can find others much like it. An anonymous review at SGammo.com states that the customer’s Russian-made 8m3 “works in all of my ak’s and is devastating in soft tissue.”   [full article]

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