During World War I, nearly 40% of all casualties were caused by machine-gun fire. Some historians describe the effect of the machine gun as a weapon of mass destruction (WMD). Paul Farhi (2003), in “The Soothing Sound of Fighting Words” in The Washington Post, cited a quote by historian Paul Fussell on the subject: “A machine gun, properly fired, is a weapon of mass destruction. We’re pretending that only awful and sinister people own weapons of mass destruction. We own them, too. We just call them something else” (para. 18). However, history has proven that a weapon in the hands of a well-trained sniper can cause numerous deaths and casualties.
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