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High Capacity for Tragedy

By removing the ban on high capacity magazines we have given the power to any madman to become a mass murderer.

I’m a guy. I grew up out here in the West with guns. I can’t even remember the first time I fired a weapon. My dad taught me firearm safety and how to shoot.

I qualified expert with an M-16 in basic in 1968 putting 60 out of 60 on the target. Thankfully I never had to use it on another person.

I liked guns as a sporting tool and for their very “Machine-ness” a strange affliction that many of us guys have which may include cars, guns, boats, pumps, drills, airplanes, saws, etc. Personally, I stopped taking lives with them before my teens.

Our soldiers in WW-II carried M-1 rifles which had an eight-round (bullets) capacity (Germans only had five). General Patton called the M-1 “the greatest implement of battle devised”. That is because it fired eight high-powered 30-06 rounds as fast as you could pull the trigger. 1941’s ultimate war weapon.

The Aurora killer had a 100-round clip. No reloading for 100 spits of high powered death. There is no reason why any civilian should have a weapon with a magazine capacity over 10 rounds.

If you can’t hit it in 10 shots you have no business holding a weapon. No self respecting (or animal respecting) hunter needs even five in a clip.

There are those who say, “Hey it’s fun firing off 30! And if the Saracen Hordes or zombies attack, that extra 20 in my clip would come in handy ! So don’t take my rights!”

What about the rights of 70 people in a theater?  

Some of you will say, “If everyone was armed they could have stopped him !!” 

Well, “He had the drop on them.” He was dressed from head to toe in Kevlar, the bullets from your guns would have done you no good.

Unless you go out every day dressed like the Michelin Man in bullet proof wear you are at a disadvantage.  

Is this our ideal NRA world?

If he had had to reload, it just might have given someone time to grab him or at least escape.

Right to bear arms does not mean right to own a Nuke.

If the authors of the Bill of Rights had envisioned a world where one deranged guy could shoot as many people as 2 FULL PLATOONS of soldiers in one to two minutes, rather than pouring powder, loading a ball and ramming it home one shot at a time, they may have been a little more specific and cautious with their wording.

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Joseph July 24, 2012 at 03:30 PM
I would be completely on your side Jock, but when criminals have the ability to get these high powered weapons it leaves the rest of us vulnerable. All I can every think of is the North Hollywood Shooting
Jock July 24, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Joseph, you can't be prepared enough for guys attacking in bulletproof armor with .308 caliber assault rifles. The Police now carry weapons capable of going through light body armor. That shoot out showed how a 9mm pistol round can be useless. Unless you go out in full body armor and a .50 Caliber Barrett everyday you won't have that ready. There is no "time out, while I get my gun". I am saying easy availability makes for higher body counts. Again, though this Aurora event is horrific, think of the number of times you have ready of local gang kids firing 70-80 rounds. Innocents get hit. Most criminals are Lazy. That's why they are criminals. Easy access helps them more than us.
Jock July 24, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Leigh, yes assault rifles are here to stay. It's not the gun but the amount of ammo in the clip. 10 is enough for civilians. That was what my blog was about. If you want to talk damage that Moisin Nagant or Enfield at Big 5 will kill a person at 1,000 yards and the Enfield holds 10. Much more powerful than puny 223 or 7.62x39. I'm not sure if they still are, but they used to be curio and relics. Walk in store walk out with one. Why don't they make the headlines ?
Joseph July 24, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Personally I would like to see sales of guns on line be better monitored. Yes Jock your right in your article when going hunting hopefully you don't feel the need to unleash 30 rounds into a deer. I believe that certain guns are made for sport and hunting while others for war.
Carl Petersen III April 24, 2013 at 08:05 PM
Leigh Datzker 2:33 pm on Saturday, July 21, 2012 "Recall that many were killed by a bomb using fertilizer just a few years ago in America's heartland. We did not ban fertilizer chemicals then." . . No, but we did regulate the sale of large quantities.

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