The best way to know yourself, is to know others.

Knowledge is power.

With the Vegas tragedy, we spend time grieving, and part of that process involves understanding the motives of the shooter and the tools of terror and mass murder that was involved. What was highlighted in this article was the use of bump stocks that were attached on 10 of the rifles.

Seeking momentum for gun restrictions, Senator Dianne Feinstein on Sunday said only broader legislation would be effective in outlawing bump stock devices.

Bump Stock
– a gun accessory that modifies a semi-automatic (requires you to pull the trigger each time to shoot a bullet) gun into rapid-fire guns

This is important to know because fully automatic guns (think: machine gun/AK47) are highly restricted and reserved for military and police use only. While a single handgun itself is deadly in the right hands, a fully automatic gun increases the potential for death. Normal civilians would not normally have access to such a weapon for ‘protection.’

The bump stock increases trigger speed at the cost of decreased accuracy as it causes the gun to buck back and forth. This ‘bumping’ of the trigger, causes it to shoot faster and be less accurate due to the rocking motion. While fully automatic weapons are not available to the general public, the bump stock is legal and at a relatively affordable price of $250.

Part of my daily routine includes reading up on sports news starting with hockey, then football and then baseball. This past weekend wasn’t a good weekend for many big name football players including JJ Watt.

Watt, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year, was injured in the first quarter and the team announced that he sustained a tibial plateau fracture, but didn’t provide any details on how long he’ll be out.

Tibial Plateau Fracture
– a critical load-bearing area in the human body that affects knee alignment, stability and motion
– layman’s terms: broken leg

80% of cases is from motor vehicle-related injuries and the remainder (like this case) are sports-related injuries. These are considered ‘high energy fractures.’

50% of patients who suffer this specific injury are aged 50 years or older due to the increased prevalence of osteoporosis (a disease that causes low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue, increasing the chances of broken bones due to trauma). These are considered ‘low energy fractures.’

This is a rare type of fracture, and only constitute 1% of all fractures.

Any injury is unfortunate in sports, and while many  athletes play (unadvisedly) through them, this not one that JJ Watt will be able to come back from quickly.