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The Assault Rifle Used In Aurora Used To Be Illegal. For A Reason.

Guns don't kill people — people who use the assault rifles that the National Rifle Association lobbied Congress to un-ban in 2004 kill people.

UPDATE 4:45 P.M. ET: This was originally posted with an inaccurate shots-per-minute number and an image of the wrong gun. We've modified and corrected the graphic, with new facts sourced to this page and others.


The exact gun used in Aurora, Colorado was a slight variation on this: an AR-15-style weapon made by Smith and Wesson, with an after-market 100-round drum cartridge.

The stuff about the NRA and the assault weapons ban has always been true, and was not changed.

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For the first time in its 56-year history, Sports Illustrated will feature a transgender model on its glossy cover. 23-year-old Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio will appear in the July issue, which hits stands early next week. Sampaio wrote on Instagram that she was "excited and honored" to be part of such an iconic issue, adding: "The team at SI has created yet another groundbreaking issue by bringing together a diverse set of multitalented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way."

A native of Fortaleza, a city in northeastern Brazil, Sampaio has been making history in the fashion world in recent years. She was already the first trans model to make the 2017 cover of Vogue Paris. Scouted while she was a young teen, she quickly made her way onto key runways in her home country. She managed to make an impression in a short time— launching her career at 18 years old—as L'Oréal Paris's first trans model. She hit another milestone last year, when she was the face of Victoria's Secret campaign, breaking barriers as the first trans woman working with the brand.

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