An emergency physician tells us what bullets do | THE POLITICUS

An emergency physician tells us what bullets do

or more specifically, .  Leana Wen, who authors that piece for today’s New York Times, is an emergency physician and the Health Commissioner of Baltimore City (a city in which there has been far too much gun violence).  In her service in the emergency room she has seen the impact on the human body from handguns and from high-powered rifles, whose projectiles travel at three times those of handguns and — more importantly, cause far more damage upon impact.  As she writes,

Once they enter the body, they fragment and explode, pulverizing bones, tearing blood vessels and liquefying organs.

There is also the impact of the shock wave they produce upon the body.  Wen describes two shooting victims who were treated in her emergency room.  The one shot with a handgun had a wound that went straight, it could be treated, and her survived.  The other was shot with what we call an assault rifle.  When he heart stopped, they opened up his chest to try to revive him.
 Blood poured out of his chest cavity. The bullet had disintegrated his spleen and torn his aorta. Four ribs had essentially turned to dust. The damage was far too extensive. He died in our E.R. He was 15.

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