In ascending order from *LEAST* powerful, it goes vermin (.22LR), then varmint (the dreaded and feared demonic .223 Remington), and then up to the small-game hunting rounds and those used for larger game, such as deer, elk, bear, etc. The .223 is, literally, less powerful than the rounds best-suited for hunting feral pigs or small deer, such as the .243 Winchester or .270, and are *MUCH* less powerful than other common deer-hunting ammo like the .308 or .30-06.
|Photo courtesy of Accurateshooter.com|
|.220 Swift, .22-250, .223 Rem, .22 Hornet, .22 Magnum, .22 LR -- All Low-Powered Rounds|
|Click to enlarge -- Data courtesy of Ammoguide.com|
|.223 versus .308 Winchester deer round|
It's all propaganda; a Boogeyman to scare the sad little Sheep -- you're far more likely to be killed by a drunk driver or your own doctor than any mass-shooter; and Chicago is one of the most violent cities on Earth, despite already having very strict gun control laws. It is a means by which they are attempting to appeal to the emotions of Americans, rather than their logic, in an effort to shamelessly further a political agenda upon which they have already been soundly defeated in the arena of public opinion among the majority of Americans as well as by rulings of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Gun control laws are "feel good laws," meant to fool you into thinking your elected officials are trying to protect you, so you'll keep voting for them. It's all smoke and mirrors. If you really want to reduce violent crime, then do something to make mental health assistance easier for average people to access; stop releasing obviously deranged people after only a 72-hour psych hold with no follow-up and nothing to show-up on a background check; and get Congress out of the pockets of Big Pharma, so we can do something about getting the absolutely insane numbers of mind-altering, psychosis-inducing drugs off the market and out of people's medicine chests.
Once upon a time, mass-shootings were much less common, yet Colt has been selling AR-15 rifles on the civilian market since 1963 and the SKS rifle (another one they're about to try to outlaw) has been available since the 1940s. Guess what we didn't have back then? Anti-depressants that alter brain-chemistry and list psychosis as one of the possible side-effects being given away like candy (often to children) in competitions where the doctor who writes the most prescriptions gets a free Hawaiian vacation, that's what.
It doesn't take a genius to see the connection; it only requires honesty, which, sadly, those with both knowledge and power seem to lack. They're too busy cashing campaign contribution checks written by Big Pharma and going through the motions to delude a population of well-meaning, yet grossly misguided, Sheep into believing they're looking out for their best interests.