Did you catch the 60 Minutes segment last night on what makes the semi-automatic AR-15 the weapon of choice for mass shooters? AR-15 ammunition travels up to three times the speed of sound. “The bones aren’t going to just break, they’re going to shatter. Organs aren’t just going to tear or have bruises on them, they … are going to be destroyed.”
Variations of the AR-15 were used to kill at a Texas church, a Las Vegas concert, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, Sandy Hook Elementary School and last week a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Dr. Peter Antevy, a first responder at the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas school shooting where 17 children were murdered, said that since the Sandy Hook massacre there has been a national campaign to equip all rescue units with Active Killer Kits used on battlefields in war zones, because these weapons of war are being used in our neighborhoods here at home.
Peter Antevy: The day after the shooting, my kids, they’re waking up, and they’re “time to go to school.” And, my son heard kind of heard what happened the night before, when I was on the scene, and he looked at me with the fear of God that he had to go to school that day. My first instinct was, “He needs a bleeding kit.” My son today has a bleeding kit on his person.
Scott Pelley: How old is he?
Peter Antevy: 12 years old. Here it is. This is it. We, we, I’ve given him this and I’ve taught him how to use it.
Scott Pelley: You believe that these mass casualty events have become so common –
Peter Antevy: Absolutely.
Scott Pelley: – that it is important for everyone in this country to be prepared.
Peter Antevy: Everyone.
Scott Pelley: That’s where we are in America today?
Peter Antevy: That’s where we are.
I hope you find this as disturbing and shocking as I do. So much so, that if you haven’t voted yet, or were thinking of not voting, you get out and vote, it does matter. Share this list of candidates committed to keeping our children, families and communities free from to gun violence with your friends, families, peers and colleagues. Honor all gun violence victims and survivors with a vote.
For Illinois Attorney General:
Sen. Kwame Raoul
For the Illinois Senate:
Hon. Omar Aquino, 2nd district
Hon. Mattie Hunter, 3rd district
Ram Villivalam, candidate, 8th district
Hon. Laura Fine, candidate, 9th district
Hon. Elgie R. Sims, Jr., 17 district
Hon. Iris Martinez, 20th district
Hon. Chris Nybo, 24th district
Tom Georges, candidate, 26th district
Hon. Tom Rooney, 27th district
Hon. Julie Morrison, 29th district
Hon. Terry Link, 30th district
Mary Mahady, candidate, 32nd district
Nancy Zettler, candidate, 33rd district
Heidi Henry, candidate, 38th district
Hon. Don Harmon, 39th district
Hon. John Curran, 41st district
David Simpson, candidate, 45th district
Christopher Belt, candidate, 57th district
For the Illinois House:
Aaron Ortiz, candidate, 1st district
Hon. Theresa Mah, 2nd district
Hon. Luis Arroyo, 3rd district
Delia Ramirez, candidate, 4th district
Lamont Robinson Jr., candidate, 5th district
Hon. Sonya Harper, 6th district
Hon. Melissa Conyears-Ervin, 10th district
Hon. Ann Williams, 11th district
Hon. Sara Feingenholtz, 12th district
Hon. Gregory Harris, 13th district
Hon. Kelly Cassidy, 14th district
Hon. John D’Amico, 15th district
Hon. Lou Lang, 16th district
Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz, candidate, 17th district
Hon. Robyn Gabel, 18th district
Hon. Robert Martwick, 19th district
Hon. Celina Villanueva, 21st district
Hon. Lisa Hernandez, 24th district
Hon. Justin Slaughter, 27th district
Hon. Thaddeus Jones, 29th district
Hon. Mary Flowers, 31st district
Hon. Frances Ann Hurley, 35th district
Val Montgomery, candidate, 41st district
Kathleen Carrier, candidate, 42nd district
Hon. Anna Moeller, 43rd district
Hon. Fred Crespo, 44th district
Hon. Deb Conroy, 46th district
Hon. Peter Breen, 48th district
Karina Villa, candidate, 49th district
Mary Edly-Allen, candidate, 51st district
Mark Walker, candidate, 53rd district
Maggie Trevor, candidate, 54th district
Hon. Marty Moylan, 55th district
Hon. Michelle Mussman, 56th district
Hon. Jonathon Carroll, 57th district
Bob Morgan, candidate, 58th district
Daniel Didech, candidate, 59th district
Joyce Mason, candidate, 61st district
Hon. Sam Yingling, 62nd district
Trisha Zubert, candidate, 64th district
Richard Johnson, candidate, 65th district
Maurice West, candidate, 67th district
Jake Castanza, candidate, 68th district
Angelique Bodine, candidate, 69th district
Paul Stoddard, candidate, 70th district
Hon. Kathleen Willis, 77th district
Hon. Camille Lily, 78th district
Hon. Linda Chapa LaVia, 83rd district
Hon. John Connor, 85th district
Amy Davis, candidate, 90th district
Mica Freeman, candidate, 97th district
Hon. Natalie Manley, 98th district
Marc Bell, candidate, 99th district
Jennifer McMillin, candidate, 101st district
Hon. Carol Ammons, 103rd district
Shirley Bell, candidate, 110th district
Hon. LaToya Greenwood, 114th district
Our children are counting on us. #OurOneJob is to keep them safe. Elections have consequences, let’s make them good ones.