Hillary Claims Automatic Weapon Used During Sandy Hook
Speaking about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Hillary Clinton said, “I want people in this audience to think about what it must feel like to send off your first-grader, little backpack maybe on his or her back, and then the next thing you hear is that somebody has come to that school using an automatic weapon, an AR-15, and murdered those children.”
On December 14, 2012, 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 first-graders and six staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Lanza brought three guns into the school and left one in his car, according to search warrants and a statement from a top prosecutor.
The weapons were:
– A semiautomatic Bushmaster XM-15 rifle, which is a brand name of a type of an AR-15, was the primary rifle used;
– A Glock 10 mm handgun;
– A Sig Sauer P226 9 mm handgun;
– And a 12-gauge shotgun that Lanza left in his car.
All of the weapons were purchased legally by Lanza’s mother, who Lanza shot and killed at their home before the shooting at Sandy Hook.
When the trigger of an automatic weapon is pulled, the gun will constantly fire bullets until pressure is removed from the trigger, or until the magazine is empty. In semiautomatic mode, only one bullet is released when the trigger is pulled. To fire another bullet, the trigger must be pulled again.
Clinton says that Lanza used an automatic weapon, when the AR-15 used by Lanza was a semi-automatic.