Reports stated that the weapon used was a Hesse Model 47 (a copy cat version of the banned AK-47 assault weapon). In addition, the shooter was able to squeeze off approximately 60 rounds and may have reloaded one time.60 rounds and only 2 injuries? Nice shooting, Tex. Of course, the Hesse is a POS rip-off of the AK, and I'm surprised it even fired that many rounds. But I digress.
Note the rational discourse in this "press release:"
The gun industry continues to profit from sales of guns made only to kill as many people as quickly as possible by making minor cosmetic changes to banned assault guns to produce "copy cat" and "knock-off" versions.Of course, they have a solution: ban them!
Andy Pelosi, Executive Director of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence said, "The reality in New York State is that the current ban on assault weapons is inadequate and Sunday's shooting only serves to highlight the fact that an entire class of deadly weapons can still be obtained by civilians to wreak havoc. Military-style assault weapons are preferred by criminal gangs, drug dealers and individuals intent on mass murder...I mean, ban them more. Here's another level-headed, unemotional evaluation:
Bryan Miller, Executive Director of Ceasefire NJ, whose only brother, FBI Special Agent Mike Miller, was one of three law enforcement officers killed in a 1994 massacre at Washington, DC Police Headquarters by a lone gunman wielding an assault gun said: "I can tell you, there are some weapons that are just plain inappropriate for civil society, especially assault weapons. By allowing such mass killing machines to be sold on the civilian market we make it easy for disturbed people like Robert Bonelli or criminals like the man who killed my brother to get their hands on them and enact mayhem. And that mayhem means families and communities grieving, because we let the gun lobby have its way. Everyone was lucky this time, but that won't always be the case, as it wasn't for Mike. It is pure insanity to allow the sale of assault weapons."Finally, we have the obligatory "think of the children" appeal:
Barbara Hohlt, board member of NYAGV said, "We have a moral obligation as citizens and parents to make sure that our communities, malls, schools and streets are safe from these weapons of war. We must make sure that assault weapons are not available in our communities.""Mass killing machines." "Weapons of war." "Deadly weapons." "Military-style assault weapons." I'm a little disappointed that "bullet hose" was left out, but whatcha gonna do?