The Magazines And Bullet Capacity Limits

February 19th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
Since the Newtown Massacre, I have been spilling a lot of ink on gun control ; this is of course, a prodigiously important issue and we have an epidemic on our hands.  I have been clamoring for a nation – wide ban on all automatic and semi – automatic weapons but the reality is, that’s probably not going to happen. We live in a democracy, which means that nobody can get exactly what one wants all the time; democracy equals deliberation and compromise. So, here we go…this makes sense.

Christopher Murphy, the Senator from Connecticut has been pondering and asking himself this one question: Why did the gunman, Adam Lanza, after killing 20 children, suddenly stop shooting, put down the semi – automatic rifle and finally end his miserable existence with a pistol ? The Senator vehemently believes that Lanza put down the rifle because the magazine was empty; if he wanted to continue with the killing, he would have had to change magazines, and for amateurs, this sometimes can be a little tricky or perhaps take a minute to reload. So, knowing this, couldn’t the answer for curbing (not eliminating completely – that’s impossible) gun violence be in banning the legal manufacturing and purchasing of  magazines with a capacity of more than 6 bullets ??? I think this is the answer; law – abiding citizens can keep their semi – automatic weapons but can’t buy cartridges that hold more than 6 rounds.
Senator Christopher Murphy went on to say “I believe, and many of the parents there believe, that if Lanza had to switch cartridges 9 times versus 2 times there would likely still be little boys and girls alive in Newtown today.” This is a poignantly profound and powerful statement and I happen to concur with the Senator.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? I have been thinking long and hard about this and I think this is a reasonable and realistic compromise. Let’s not allow another Newtown happen again.
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8 Responses to “The Magazines And Bullet Capacity Limits”

  1. Rick Says:

    I think its a better position, but the (state of mind) of that killer could have filled his gun again. He could have kept shooting. He could have taken more lives. The reality is to kill is a state of mind, not ammo relodes are gun toting. The deeper background check makes the most sense to me. Anyone with a mental health history as the soup nazi says” NO GUNS FOR YOU!” I think this would be more effective.

  2. Rick Says:

    corrections to above “too kill” and ” not ammo reloads or gun toting” Mikes so good at grammar. Me NOT SO GOOD

  3. Le duke de fromage Says:

    I agree with Rick, and also have several nagging questions regarding the banning of full clip magazines. There are probably several million in existence and would take decades to eliminate them.Also anybody with machine shop experience with very basic equipment can adapt 6 bullet clips to a full 18 shot clips , not a very difficult task. This proposal is a start but more must be done.

  4. Michael Tabor Says:

    Sadly, you might be right, but I think it’s a start… even if just 1 life is saved, the legislation will have been worth it. This morning I read in the NYT what the senator said & it made sense – who the hell needs 15 or 30 rounds, but criminals will do whatever…How do we stop the Adam Lanzas of the world ???

  5. Son of Walt Says:

    I’m certainly no gun advocate and I know we might need stricter gun laws, but the truth of the matter is, these types of mass killings are extremely , extremely, rare events. Of course when they do happen, they become major media events and right away everyone wants the laws changed. More children were probably killed by lightning or riding a bike last year, yet no one is saying we should ban bicycles.

    I know i’m going out on a limb here, so don’t jump all over me. My point is, there are probably hundreds of thousands of law abiding citizens that might own these types guns for what ever reason, and never kill anyone. It’s scary when one bad apple comes along, and the press jumps on it. The politicians jump on it, and suddenly we have a whole bunch of new laws, which may or may not fix anything.

  6. Michael Tabor Says:

    Yes , You’re indeed right, Son of Walt – more children probably have died from some misadventure like riding a bike or playing baseball. However, accidents will sadly happen and misadventures will certainly occur, however let me respond to your statement twofold: 1. Bicycles and baseball are pastimes with joy, happiness, and perhaps good –old American sportsmanship involved 2. Guns are manufactured to do 1 of 2 things a) maim or b) kill …ohhhh I forgot – target practice & skeet – shooting – isn’t that fun – weeeeee – I’m Rambo !!!! I will say this in confidence, because the person who revealed this to me is a gun – toting friend and wants his remarks to remain anonymous. But, the reality of the situation is that gun – owners are frothing @ the mouth to use the damn thing – nuff said.

  7. Son of Walt Says:

    MT, my point isn’t so much about gun control. My point was, do we really need to go ahead and create more laws and regulations for events that are extremely rare. Given the number of people that own guns, Sandy Hook was an extremely rare event. But, I have a solution that will prevent this happening again, lets just ban children. That way gun owners can continue to own their guns and we don’t have to worry about children getting killed. LOL. I hope you know I’m only kidding!

  8. magdalena tabor Says:

    Are you sure your name isn’t Son of Gun?

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