2 years, 10 months ago
Representative Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) has introduced legislation to “restore the prohibition on large capacity ammunition feeding devices in the United States.” She intones, “Though it will remain impossible to estimate, I believe that the increased difficulty in obtaining these devices will reduce their use and ultimately save lives.” Law abiding citizens who want to obtain the high capacity magazines through legal means will be prohibited from doing so under her new laws, and the criminals will still obtain whatever they want by any means that they want. Representative McCarthy is a stooge.
Her legislation goes even further than the assault weapon ban that expired in 2004, outlawing the sale or transfer of clips that hold more than ten rounds, even those obtained before the law takes effect. Proponents have argued that there is no “need” for such magazines. Neither is there a “need” for me to eat steak, but it tastes good. When a politician uses the phrase “there is no need” in the context of firearms, it only goes to show that they don’t yet acquiesce to the notion of rights.
But let’s play this silly game of “need” for a moment. Could you tell Ramon Castillo in Houston, Texas, that there was no need for a high capacity magazine after having to save himself and his wife by killing three assailants? According to the police:
Investigators said so many shots were fired inside the jewelry shop in a two- or three-minute span that they could not estimate the number of rounds. “We’ve got bullet fragments all over the place, casings all over the place, shotgun slugs all over the place, so it’s really hard to determine at this point how many rounds were actually fired – but quite a few.”
Castillo used at least three different firearms: a 9mm, .380, and a shotgun. Or how about feral hogs? Ask the dog boys around Abbeville and parts of Northern Georgia how threatening 400 – 500 pound feral hogs can be to children and even adults, and how, at times, dozens of rounds have to be fired to take them down. If a 400 pound feral hog was running towards your child, do you think you might want a high capacity magazine? Oh, and they’re in about 40 states now, and after breeding with imported and violent Eurasian boars, there are about six million of them.
In Des Moines they apparently believe that the framers never figured on a right to bear a Glock, and elsewhere the phrase killing machines has taken on an evil connotation. In Knoxville, Jack McElroy gets his numbers wrong, talking about a 31-round clip. I have a 30 round magazine, but you know, you have to count that one in the chamber (30 +1), if you go to the trouble of putting it there.
But none of these individuals has had to defend his life like Ramon Castillo, or had children attacked by feral hogs. So this silly need game that we just played is a Red Herring. Can we get back to talking about rights?