The following incident occured about 20 miles north of where I live. It hasn't been determined conclusively yet but this man was probably senile and tried to get revenge on the priests for some of their behavior which has been publicized recently. The news media will try to put blame on the guns, as usual, but that story is yet to be written. Oxford Posted on Tue, Jun. 11, 2002 Gunman used easily available hunting guns in abbey shootings By CHRISTINE VENDEL The Kansas City Star The MAK-90 rifle used in the shootings at a Roman Catholic abbey is easy to find, relatively cheap and often deadly with one round, gun experts said Monday. Law enforcement officials said the two weapons that Lloyd Robert Jeffress of Kearney used Monday at Conception Abbey were an MAK-90 and a Ruger .22-caliber rifle. Authorities say Jeffress shot the victims with the MAK-90 and used the .22-caliber rifle on himself. The butt of the .22-caliber rifle was sawed off. The manager of a local gun shop and officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said the MAK-90 looks like an AK-47 but is much less expensive. The MAK-90 costs about $400, and the AK-47 costs about $2,500, said Bob Lockett of the Second Ammendment gun shop in Overland Park. The MAK-90 is a semiautomatic, but a true AK-47 is fully automatic. Semiautomatic guns fire one round for each pull of the trigger. Fully automatic guns fire continually as long as the trigger is depressed. "It's become common parlance to call all of them AK-47s," said Mark James, special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Division of the ATF. "The vast majority of what we see are the semiautomatics that look like AK-47s but are not." The knockoff AK-47s are available at area gun shops and gun shows. The round fired by AK-47s or knockoffs is large, 7.62 by 39 mm, about the size of a deer rifle round, James said. One shot is usually fatal to people, Lockett said. The knockoffs typically come with a five-round magazine. But magazines to carry more rounds -- 20, 30 or more -- are easy to come by, Lockett said. Lockett said the knockoffs are often used for deer hunting, and the .22-caliber rifles are often used for target practice and small game hunting. To buy either gun, Lockett said, a person would need the money and have to pass an FBI background check -- the same standards for most firearms.