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Why a single gunshot to Steve Scalise’s
hip can be a life-threatening injury

Washington Post, by Lenny Bernstein

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Posted By:earlybird, 6/15/2017 10:15:47 PM

For those of us who experience gun violence via movies or television, the single bullet wound to the hip that House Majority Whip Steve Scalise suffered in a ballfield shooting Wednesday would seem less serious than what could have happened to him. After all, he wasn´t hit in the head or chest, which can be immediately fatal. But even a single penetrating wound to the pelvic region, which is densely packed with blood vessels, organs and other structures, is extremely dangerous, according to trauma surgeons and emergency medical personnel. According to MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the rifle shot to the Louisiana congressman´s

This is a combat injury, a battlefield injury. Should never happen on a public park baseball diamond...


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/15/2017 10:23:18 PM     (No. 11287942)

The article tells us more about what Rep. Scalise and his doctors are having to deal with...

“There is a shock wave that accompanies that metal fragment,” Bokhari said. “It makes a track where it cuts through. … Everything above or below it is destroyed.” That track can be five to 10 times wider than the bullet, he added. High-powered rifles put vastly more energy behind a bullet than handguns do, increasing the damage, he said.

And the more blood that has to be transfused, the less effective the body’s capacity for clotting.

This article gives us a sense of the complexity and gravity of Rep. Scalise’s injury.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/15/2017 10:28:19 PM     (No. 11287948)

Unfortunately he could be incapacitated by his injuries for life. In the meantime off-kilter leftists are plotting their next move.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 6/15/2017 10:46:47 PM     (No. 11287959)

Under Obamacare, any injury is potentially "life-threatening."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 6/15/2017 11:01:03 PM     (No. 11287968)

I, like a lot of America loving Americans are literally smouldering over this heinous act. If the left wants to continue generating this behavior, some Americans need to start generating it back.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 6/15/2017 11:30:12 PM     (No. 11287983)

Start calling the Dems to tell them how ashamed we are that they keep so silent in the face of such violence.

They are hypocrites.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: hpmatt, 6/15/2017 11:43:43 PM     (No. 11287984)

So helpful for the Wapo to educate us on what their newspaper has done to Rep. Scalise....

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Reply 7 - Posted by: jdh, 6/15/2017 11:45:14 PM     (No. 11287985)

When you rupture, or even nick, intestines, rampant infection follows

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 6/15/2017 11:55:48 PM     (No. 11287994)

The Washington Post and Jeff Bezos have blood on their hands.

Their souls are in lingo...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: strike3, 6/16/2017 12:00:19 AM     (No. 11287996)

Thank you, Mr. Obvious. Remember that the next time your fake news machine calls for violence against a government that is doing a far better job than your boy did and your girl would have done.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Lalo, 6/16/2017 12:01:38 AM     (No. 11287997)

All of us who hate have blood on our hands.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Nimby, 6/16/2017 12:10:53 AM     (No. 11288005)

This is why second amendment is critical

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Muncsdad, 6/16/2017 12:29:38 AM     (No. 11288019)

#10, I have no blood on my hands, thank you. Your moral relativism is tiresome.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: dvc, 6/16/2017 3:16:06 AM     (No. 11288060)

Horrible wound, no doubt, and a very vascularized part of the body. More prayers for Rep. Scalise.

Rifles are far more powerful than pistols, but the .223 used in the AR-15 is illegal to use to hunt deer in most states because it isn´t considered powerful enough.

It is fortunate that he was not shot with any normal deer hunting rifle, with deer hunting ammunition, he would likely not made it to the ambulance. In that sense, out of all this horror, there is a bit of good luck, although it is very hard to see that at this time.

Thank goodness for small favors, and small calibers, which the .223 is one.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Shucky, 6/16/2017 5:20:08 AM     (No. 11288082)

Most comments I´ve seen from Democrats on the Alexandria shooting have been supportive of the idea of targeting Republicans for political assassination. Prominent figures on the left have turned their followers into a loose domestic terror organization. The federal government has no idea what they are dealing with. Anyone thinking Alexandria was a fluke is deluding themselves. It is the first of what will become a pattern or political murders by the Democrat mob.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Shucky, 6/16/2017 5:24:20 AM     (No. 11288084)

Re 10:

Those who don´t hate and condemn the Democrat murder-mongering that incited this political assassination tacitly lend support to it.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: earlybird, 6/16/2017 11:47:41 AM     (No. 11288375)

What #12 said. Relativism is usually found on the left.

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