The “Why” Of High-Capacity Magazines
Since the Tucson atrocity, many have attacked your right to own normal- to high-capacity magazines. Consider the good reasons for keeping them.
The January 2011 atrocity in Tucson, Ariz., focused the more clueless pundits on “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” yet again. In days, legislation was introduced in Washington to ban anything that could fire over 10 rounds before reloading. Psycho killer Jared Loughner reportedly used a 33-round magazine in the Glock 19 he was able to legally acquire because his lunatic behavior had slipped through society’s cracks.
First, some clarification. The 33-rounder for the G19 is a true “extended magazine,” that is, lengthened to protrude from the butt of the pistol so it can hold more cartridges than the model was originally designed for. The first case I can recall of criminal use of such devices goes back to the early 1930s, and lengthened 1911 magazines for .45s and .38 Supers converted to machine pistols for Baby Face Nelson and John Dillinger by outlaw gunsmith Hyman Lebman. Think about it: how many such cases have you seen in between that, and Loughner’s murderous spree?
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