A man killed and wounded a bunch of people last night.
He went into a movie theatre, threw a gas canister, and opened fire.
The local police chief confirmed the suspect was wearing ballistic helmet, ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, throat protector, groin protector, black gloves.
The shooter, James Holmes, has at this time no known criminal history.
The AR-15 can shoot over 400 rounds (bullets) per minute.
The most powerful of the weapons, the AR-15, would have been illegal to purchase, but the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (the federal assault weapons ban provision) was only good for ten years, and lapsed under the Bush administration. Multiple attempts to re-initialize the ban have been blocked by lobbying groups such as the NRA. Their celebratory article about the lapse can be found here. The six attempts to re-intitialize the ban are here: 1 2 3 4 5 6.
The NRA, a tax-sheltered 501c4 lobbying organization, made $227,811,279 last year. This does not include its subsidiary organizations, of which it lists 30, each with their own intake of cash in the millions.
The earliest modern mass shooting occured in 1949.
Over 1,000,000 Americans have been killed by guns since 1968. That is more than US soldiers who died in WWI, WWII, and Vietnam combined.