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A check for thoughts and prayers...

Check out this article from Detroit Free Press:

Michigander writes 'thoughts and prayers' check to GOP Rep. Jack Bergman


A photo surfaced Friday on social media of a check from an Ontonagon resident written out to Michigan U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, along with a note that says: "Dear Rep. Bergman - Since you and your colleagues in Congress seem to feel that this is the solution to mass murder, please accept this contribution."

No dollar amount was placed on the check - just "Thoughts + prayers." It's meant as a dig to politicians who send out statements of thoughts and prayers to family and loved ones after mass shootings from those who expect action rather than words.

What a great idea. Sending my checks to my Repub rep today
Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis | Sat Feb 17, 2018, 01:35 PM (0 replies)

Here Are The Autopsies For The Victims Of The Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Follow up to previously posted article.



The details are disturbing. But they sharpen a reality we must confront.

By Nick Wing and Matt Ferner
The Clark County, Nevada, coroner released autopsy reports earlier this month detailing the deaths of the 58 victims of the Las Vegas shooting on Oct. 1.

The documents provide a window into the true horror of the massacre ― and of gun violence more generally. Looking through that window is admittedly uncomfortable, but doing so gives us a rare opportunity to honestly confront the graphic reality of a mass shooting. Shying away from that truth has only helped perpetuate a status quo in which many people have decided there’s nothing we can do to limit either the scope or the frequency of these tragedies. If that’s the path we continue to take, we should at least be willing to face up to the raw brutality of the incidents that we have accepted as an unavoidable feature of American life.

A number of the reports were difficult to evaluate due to inconsistencies in measurement, terminology and methodology, issues likely complicated by the sheer number of cases and the many different medical examiners who conducted the examinations.

HuffPost consulted with Arthur Alphin, a ballistics expert who specializes in the forensics of gunshot wounds and who has testified in a number of multiple shooting cases, to get his thoughts on a few of the cases. His comments are included in a number of the summaries below.

Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis | Thu Feb 15, 2018, 01:46 PM (3 replies)

Las Vegas Autopsies Reveal The True Brutality Of Mass Shootings


The bullet struck the woman’s right forearm, passing cleanly through the flesh below her wrist and exiting the other side. The round was tumbling now, but still carrying enough force to re-enter her arm, lower down this time, before exiting again and plunging into her chest. The lead projectile then burst through her liver, finally coming to rest in the first lumbar vertebra of her lower back. Her death, described by a medical examiner, was determined to be a homicide.

The unnamed woman was one of 58 victims killed by a lone gunman at a country music concert on the Las Vegas Strip on Oct. 1, the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.


After a mass shooting, news stories often reduce victims to parts of a larger body count, the latest casualties of this particularly American form of gun violence. Just look at the headlines for the school shooting in Florida on Wednesday: “Mass Casualty Shooting At Florida School.”


“The only good thing is she didn’t suffer. She felt no pain at all,” he said. “Some of those others, even though they died with the chest cavity wounds, they survived on the ground for 60 to 90 seconds, their heart continued to beat, the blood filled up into the pleural cavity and the thoracic cavity, their brain was still functioning, and they knew they were dying and they were in pain. At least this poor woman, it was instant.”


The article goes on to say that we are called upon to remember the victims but rarely understand the carnage done to their bodies.
In 2015 after Sandy Hook, Kamala Harris when she was a California AG argued that the autopsy photos should have been spread out in front of lawmakers and then tell them to “Vote your conscience.”

Posted by N_E_1 for Tennis | Thu Feb 15, 2018, 10:08 AM (6 replies)
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