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Response to Nasty Jack (Reply #27)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 05:55 PM

40. Weapons of choice.

That is a meaningless phrase. There are other weapons that are just as deadly -- even ones with a much smaller capacity, which, by the way, is a function of the magazine and not the firearm. A five-shot pump shotgun loaded with 00 buckshot will launch 45 projectiles at its target in less time than it takes someone to empty a 30-round AR magazine. Given Lanza's choice of victims and the amount of time he had before police arrived on the scene, it's questionable whether even a five-round limit would have made any difference.

Please also remember that every step that reduces the offensive capability of a weapon also reduces its defensive capability. Look at the FBI stats for defensive use of firearms. Why do we want victims to be outgunned by their assailants?

The search for a technological fix is a vain quest, but it is very enticing to those whose ultimate goal is the elimination of private ownership of firearms. Every little restriction is one step closer to a total ban. Honestly, if magazine capacity were limited to five, would you consider that your gun-control goals had been accomplished? Somehow I doubt it.

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