11 months, 3 weeks ago
As if you didn’t know it was coming.
President Obama on Wednesday urged Congress to vote on measures banning the sale of assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and requiring background checks before any firearm sale, part of an emerging White House response to a massacre last week at a Connecticut elementary school.
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In an effort to demonstrate the shift in political thinking since the Newtown shooting, Democrats have tapped Rep. Mike Thompson (Calif.), a lifelong hunter and gun rights activist, to lead their gun-related efforts. Thompson said Wednesday that several Democratic proposals “certainly make sense,” including the ban on high-capacity magazines.
“I’ve been a hunter all my life, and there’s no reason to have a magazine that holds 30 shells,” Thompson said.
I don’t care that he is alleged to have been a hunter his whole life. That brings with it absolutely no authority to me. He is a nobody. And he is no gun rights activist. But I guess no one who is hunting really does need 30 rounds in a single magazine if you’re hunting regulated game such as deer. If you’re hunting feral hogs you want as many rounds as you can get, and if you are defending yourself against a home invasion, you want the best weapon suited for the purpose, including a high capacity magazine, just like Mr. Stephen Bayezes who saved his life with one.
Here is a prediction. The majority of shooters who are intent on harming people choose multiple firearms (including a mix of guns), or in the future will choose to fabricate their own high capacity magazine if they want it for their nefarious aims. This ban won’t affect the level of gun violence in the least. It will, however, increase the power and control of the federal government, and that’s its purpose.