I listened to an NPR report about the recent Tucson massacre – the crime committed by a deranged nutcase in a grocery store parking lot.
It seems the only solution imaginable by some of the wizards in our Congress appears to be to put yet another gun law on the books – one that limits the number of rounds in a magazine. Never mind that a man who ought not to have had a gun in the first place committed murder, and never mind that he could have probably killed more people if he had driven an SUV into the folks in that parking lot. Or he had driven a senior citizens’ or sheltered workshop van. Or a school bus.
No, the big question for NPR and the wizards is whether a magazine should hold 30 or 10 rounds of ammo. Really? Like that would have 1) stopped the crime from occurring and 2) caused fewer deaths? Obviously, the NPR-ites have no concept how long it takes to swap an empty 10 rounder for a full one.
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, New York, knows what it is like to suffer a tragedy in her family because someone committed a crime with a gun. I’ll give her that and I am sorry for her loss. What she doesn’t know is that, and this is obvious from her reaction and consequent efforts to introduce limited capacity magazines, is that a magazine is not a clip. Throughout the report, she kept referring to an ammunition magazine as a clip. No big deal?
I think it is. Now, there are two reasons for this – both disturbing:
Either way, it’s not a clip, Carolyn. And the sooner you and your buddies either come straight with us, or have one of our many staff members do your homework for you so that you get more educated about firearms, the better.
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