USA Today Praises School Shooter's Use Of 'Less Lethal Weapons' To Kill 10

Ten people were killed, and ten more were injured, when a Santa Fe High School student opened fire on Friday morning.

Santa Fe, TX – USA Today has published an article that claimed the Santa Fe High School shooter’s deadly rampage could have been much worse, and credited the gunman’s “use of less-lethal weapons” as the likely reason more people weren’t killed.

"Less lethal" is a term used to describe weapons which are unlikely to be lethal, but may result in death in rare occasions.

Examples of less-lethal weapons include Tasers and rubber bullets. They do not include firearms with live ammunition.

Santa Fe High School student Dimitrios Pagourtzis murdered 10 people – and injured 10 more – when he opened fire inside the school on Friday morning.

Police entered the school just eight minutes after the first 911 call of shots fired was placed, according to KHOU.

Pagourtzis, 17, was armed with a shotgun and a .38 revolver, both of which he had taken from his father, The Mercury News reported.

USA Today expressed relief that Pagourtzis used such “less-lethal weapons” to murder his peers and faculty, and claimed that the firearms “may have slowed down the gunman’s deadly rampage because they have a slower firing rate.”

The periodical compared the weapons Pagourtzis used to an AR-15, which it claimed “can be fired more than twice as fast as most handguns.” This statement is entirely inaccurate.

The AR-15’s larger magazine would also allow “a shooter to continue firing interrupted for longer, making the weapon more lethal than other firearms,” USA Today asserted.

“In Friday's attack, it's likely the weapons may have kept the death toll from rising,” the news outlet concluded.

According to USA Today, “less lethal weapons” were also used in the “deadly attack at Virginia Tech” in 2007, when student Seung-Hui Cho murdered 32 people with two handguns.

In actuality, an AR-15 – a semiautomatic rifle – cannot be fired any more rapidly than the weapons Pagourtzis used, with regards to trigger pull.

Depending on the type of ammunition, a shotgun has the ability to send multiple projectiles downrange with each shot, as opposed to the single bullet fired by an AR-15.

It's unclear why the publication would claim evidenced by the 10 individuals he ruthlessly killed.

Pagourtzis’ weapons also would not have been affected by any new gun control legislation, which has banned “assault weapons,” and “high capacity magazines” in some areas.

Police first received a 911 call of shots fired at Santa Fe High School at 7:32 a.m., KHOU reported.

Retired Houston Police Officer John Barnes, who went on to work as an officer at Santa Fe ISD PD, was the first one to engage Pagourtzis.

Officer Barnes, 49, sustained a gunshot wound to the upper arm, which caused a severe injury to a major blood vessel, and shattered bones in his elbow.

The officer lost a significant amount of blood at the scene, and was transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) by air ambulance in critical condition.

Medical personnel said that Officer Barnes was “bleeding out,” when he arrived, and that his “blood pressure was very low.”

The officer was rushed into surgery at 9:20 a.m., and his vital signs have since stabilized.

He was still in surgery to address shattered bones in his elbow as of Friday afternoon.

Two other victims were also being treated at the same hospital, while multiple other patients had been taken to Clear Lake Regional Hospital, WLS reported.

According to KHOU, Pagourtzis surrendered himself to police at 10:06 a.m., but said his intention had been to commit suicide.

An 18-year-old individual was also detained with Pagourtzis, the news outlet reported.

Investigators have confirmed the presence of explosive devices at the school – including pressure cookers and Molotov cocktails – and were working to ascertain whether or not additional explosive devices were planted in other locations, to include the gunman’s home.

Students said they saw Pagourtzis wearing a trench coat, army boots, and a t-shirt with the words “Born to Kill,” on the morning of the attack, KIAH reported.

Many said he was quiet, and tended to stay to himself.

Some believed he had been bullied.

According to Heavy, Pagourtzis posted a photo of a handgun and a knife on his Instagram page. In the bio section of his profile, he simply wrote, “Numb.”

His Facebook page allegedly included a photograph of a long coat covered with Nazi symbols, and he listed the significance of the symbols in the photo caption.

Pagourtzis’ social media accounts have since been deleted.

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bronx163
bronx163

USA TODAY IS UPSET IT COULDNT PRINT HE HAD AN AR 15. Id rather be shot by at than shotgun.
Pipe bombs they wont talk about because kills their gun control theory. No gun no active ahooters. Well snowflakes he had multiple pipe bombs.
He was going to kill with or without guns.

Give it up.

Derange people will always find a way to kill if they cant get a firearm.

Media needs to stop being left wing promoter and just report the news not make news or propell an agenda.

bronx163
bronx163

USA TODAY IS UPSET IT COULDNT PRINT HE HAD AN AR 15. Id rather be shot by at than shotgun.
Pipe bombs they wont talk about because kills their gun control theory. No gun no active ahooters. Well snowflakes he had multiple pipe bombs.
He was going to kill with or without guns.

Give it up.

Derange people will always find a way to kill if they cant get a firearm.

Media needs to stop being left wing promoter and just report the news not make news or propell an agenda.

BlueMoose
BlueMoose

It seems they have changed their article to exclude some of these statements.

RetFF
RetFF

A Shotgun is "Less than Lethal?? They've never seen anyone who's been shot by one obviously..... Lucky for them.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Was less than lethal in Dick Cheney's hands (but he may have been drinking).

butterfly
butterfly

The communist are scraping the bottom of the barrel in trying to find people who would be useful enough to bring down the USA! No one with any brains is falling for this BS! WE DO NOT NEED MORE LAWS; WE NEED MORE HUMANITY; WE NEED MORE CONTROL OF OUR EDCUATIONAL SYSTEMS; WE NEED TO FIRE ALL THOSE WHO WOULD DESTROY THIS COUNTRY FROM POWER POSTIONG IN OUR SCHOOL, OUR CITIES, OUR COUNTIES, OUR STATES, & OUR FEDERAL GOVERNMENTS!

jakki taylor
jakki taylor

Less lethal? I get that these libtard assholes are saying the death toll could have been higher and we are all thanking God that it wasn't, but less. lethal? Dead is dead and I've always seen large caliber handguns and most any gauge shotgun as plenty lethal.

sw_master
sw_master

The media is trying to squash what happened in Dixon Illinois.
They Don't want people to get the opinion that guns actually save lives

RunCop
RunCop

Stupid liberal puke media!

JBo
JBo

Right. Much better to be killed by a shotgun than a rifle. Sometimes I'm amazed today's media can even form a sentence.

gmc27000
gmc27000

LESS Lethal ?? Shotgun, one round can hit 2,3,4 people cutting them in half , killing them all. Get some one who knows firearms to write these stories............Ridiculous !

Cheri
Cheri

I'll repeat AGAIN what others are saying. LESS LETHAL? Lethal means it kills, by definition. What idiots.
"Lethal Weapon Law and Legal Definition
A lethal weapon means a deadly weapon. Any firearm, device, instrument, material, or any other substance that is capable of producing great bodily harm or death from the manner it is used or intended to be used, may be referred to as a lethal weapon. A gun, sword, knife, pistol, or the like, is a lethal weapon, as a matter of law, when used within striking distance from the person assaulted"

Scrumptiouslysweet
Scrumptiouslysweet

As a wife and mother of police officers I can’t believe this article was published let alone allowed an employee to write this insane article. School shootings are horrifying and regardless what type of gun the shooter used should never be praised. This is exactly why our children are in danger. My child was a victim of a school shooting. She was traumatized by the incident and has been struggling with PTSD ever since. She was a sophomore when the incident happened and struggles to enter the doors of ANY school to this day. The worry of being safe and if someone else is going to snap is constantly on her mind. She is not alone. Students all over the country struggle with this thought everyday. When is the social media going to stand up for our children and stop being so liberal! 10 lives were lost! Lets praise those who protect our children and walk that thin blue line everyday. There is so much wasted debate on the why, how and legislation. Nothing is being solved or fixed. Parents need to be more involved in their child's lives. Let’s put the money and time into protecting our children and their future. Put more officers and metal detectors in the schools, stop bullying programs and promote the importance of positive mental health and wellbeing in our children. Let’s become more aware of what’s happening in our homes, schools and communities… That’s where it needs to start first

flagwaver
flagwaver

This USA TODAY statement just reveals the level of liberal stupidity that has infected our country. God give peace and comfort to those Santa Fe families that are grieving right now.

CWO4USCGCBPORETIRED
CWO4USCGCBPORETIRED

Less lethal? USA Today you truly have some story tellers and editors who are really ignorant about firearms. A twelve gauge shotgun, loaded with Double Aught Buckshot, sends 9 .32 caliber lead balls at a target. The nature of a shotgun/shotgun ammo is that the farther the load travels from the barrel the wider the dispersion of the shot is. Its called spread of shot (archaic) or pattern. Theoretically more people can be hit with each shot...more then any semiautomatic rifle or pistol.

CWO4USCGCBPORETIRED
CWO4USCGCBPORETIRED

Less lethal? USA Today you truly have some story tellers and editors who are really ignorant about firearms. A twelve gauge shotgun, loaded with Double Aught Buckshot, sends 9 .32 caliber lead balls at a target. The nature of a shotgun/shotgun ammo is that the farther the load travels from the barrel the wider the dispersion of the shot is. Its called spread of shot (archaic) or pattern. Theoretically more people can be hit with each shot...more then any semiautomatic rifle or pistol.

Katarina
Katarina

There are people who are unable to think for themselves that will read this USA Today story and believe every word because they saw it it print. I wish I could print an image (that will never leave my head) of a suicide call I went on where the guy put a shotgun in his mouth and pulled the trigger. That was most certainly NOT Less Lethal. I love our right to free speech. I also believe we are responsible to do our own research and find out actual facts rather than believe some foolish lies because someone puts them into print. How gullible have we become?

Swjw121050
Swjw121050

Less lethal?! What bull shit. Tell that to the parents of the kids that were murdered!

USA Today is a rag with zero knowledge of firearms and as with the rest of the liberal press has an agenda to destroy the Second Amendment. 😡

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

12ga double OO buck projects 9 bullets measuring.320 of an inch in diameter with one pull of the trigger. While an AR-15 with one pull of the triggers will send one .223 bullet down range. This bullet travels in a straight line while the 12ga double 00 buck fires 9, .320 bullets spread out after being fired to approximately 4ft the 9 .32 bullets will be 1 ft in diameter, 8ft distance and the 9 bullets now opened to 2ft.and soon on! I have seen rifle round pass right through an individual and do slim to no harm, and I have seen shotgun wounds that can’t be repaired and resulting in lose of limbs, legs, faces and much more. It’s the reason shotguns are called riot guns because the fire power of the twelve gauge is far more destructive.
That’s why Stagecoach drivers had guys riding “Shotgun” and not “Rifle”!

Propolice
Propolice

USA Today is a rag and a perfect example of looney liberalism. I’m glad they are making such fools of themselves publicly

Radicon71
Radicon71

But wait, didnt the vice pres say to deter a criminal, all you need is a shotgun? And that is what this guy used. Cmon dumbasses lets get it right. Your own vice pres in a timed video gave this guy a weapon of chose. Or did he just steal what was available?

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Burgers Allday....too bad you weren't on the receiving end of that one...... thoughts and prayers.

Sickandtired
Sickandtired

I own quite a few shotguns and I can say, they are in NO WAY less lethal. Crazy they would even say that. Heck you do not even need to be a good shot to kill a person with a shotgun.

NewBob
NewBob

USA Today is a know-nothing fake news site relative to reporting on guns. Obviously, they do not know anything about semiautomatic guns.

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Now the "Anti-Assault-Rifle" clavern will have to reorganize and change their tactics. We all know it will become "Anti-Gun Period."

Pilot350
Pilot350

Why can't our media wake up to the facts that it's never been a gun issue. It's an emotion issue. Teach children to fail, no one in life learned anything by winning. Learning from your disappointments taught successful people how to play well with others.

dsmarine
dsmarine

Why do you think General Black Jack Pershing ordered shotguns for trench warfare in WWI? Gave them to Soldiers and Marines that pushed the Germans back to Berlin? He was NOT being nice to the enemy!

TJ 1776
TJ 1776

I suppose that if the shooter had rented a U-haul instead of stealing his fathers guns, & then ran over 50 kids at a football game .. the idiots at USA Today would have had an orgasm ...” hurrah! We have stopped gun violence !” !!

rds40
rds40

As usual the media is shown to be idiots.

satmantoo
satmantoo

I’ve been searching the USA news site for this story and can’t find it anywhere. Not a big fan of USA but also hate fake news. Perhaps someone can post a link to this story. It will be really disappointing if Blue Lives made this up!

TruthisTruth
TruthisTruth

Come on, Sheeple. Read the USA Today article yourself and see if you think that the Blue Lives Matter article accurately reflects what they said in the original article. At the end of the original article, they make the point that Seung-Hui Cho killed more people with only two handguns at Virginia Tech. They were not comparing the handguns of Cho to Tasers and Pepper Spray. They were saying that he killed more people with weapons of less capacity than the weapons used in the most recent shootings. I'm beginning to wonder if this site is run by Russian agents trying to create controversy with fake news. By the way, I'm a 32 year law enforcement officer with the past 10 as a chief. I just have to call BS when I see it. Here's the original article . . . .

SDLucas
SDLucas

The stupid is so strong that it burns; or it's just a continuation of a campaign of deliberate deception aimed at effectively criminalizing semi-automatic rifles with propaganda about levels of danger poised by criminal use of different kinds of weaponry.
There isn't a more lethal firearm for close-quarters killing than a shotgun firing buckshot; still the majority of firearm homicides in the U.S. are from handguns, and the majority of homicides aren't even committed with guns, at all.
But the main stream media continues promoting an ignorantly or deliberately distorted view of violence and criminality.
Which is also why they get their reporting on so many officer involved shootings wrong, talking about "unjustified shootings" of "unarmed" suspects or individuals, or police "over reactions" to violent resistance or failures to comply, as if people are only capable of effective lethal violence if they have and use a gun, or a specific type of gun.
In the military, I was taught how to kill, under the right circumstances and with the right technique, with a single blow from a hand/arm/foot/leg, and many more with other blunt instruments and blades, and more than fifty years of firearms handling and usage have taught me to select shotguns and handguns for close and interior defense and offense, this report's discussion of lethality is either remarkably stupid or deliberately deceptive, or both, but many ignorant and already decieved people will "buy it."
The stupid... It burns... and stinks while it does.

gnostica
gnostica

shotgun blast would be bad way to go.

Iwishstupidhurt
Iwishstupidhurt

Chief they were explaining what a less lethal weapon is, not saying that is what the USA today reported. They original less then lethal statement made by USA today was a Twitter post. Before you go calling people steeple, you need to make sure your right with the facts. Any defense attorney would tear you apart in court with those kind of biased observations.