MyFoxPhilly: Nutter, Ramsey Back Ammo Magazine Ban
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and police Chief Charles Ramsey are joining a call for Congress to reinstate a ban on high-capacity ammunition magazines like those used in the mass shooting that wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona in January.
Such magazines have been used in several mass shootings in the last few years. A rampage at Virginia Tech in 2007 killed 33 people. A shooting at Northern Illinois University in 2008 left six people dead.
Killings in Binghamton, N.Y., and Fort Hood, Texas, also involved the magazines.
Thirty-three people died at Virginia Tech because nobody was armed and capable of stopping Seung-Hui Cho. It didn’t matter whether he had 33-round magazines for his Glock, or ten-round magazines. Seung-Hui Cho decided when to stop the killing by offing himself; whether his guns held eleven rounds or 34 did not matter so long as nobody was there to stop him.
The same goes for Jared Loughner, who had the element of surprise in Tucson, Arizona. The only person around capable of stopping him was a concealed carry permit holder who did not leave the supermarket and come across the scene until after Loughner had been subdued. Could he have been subdued earlier with smaller magazines? Maybe. But that’s assuming that Jared Lee Loughner would have abided by any legislative effort to ban high-capacity mags.
That’s the thing about gun control efforts such as this — liberals seem to believe that people already intent upon breaking the law will suddenly abide by it. Would Dylan Klebold have killed so many at Columbine if the campus had, at that time, been a “Gun Free School Zone?” Would Nidal Malik Hasan have carried out jihad at Fort Hood if his FN FiveSeven did not hold as many rounds? Would Officer Charles Cassidy have lived if a high-capacity magazine ban have been in place when he was shot in the head–on the very first shot, no less–as he checked on local business owners at a Dunkin’ Donuts?
I’m getting tired of writing the same thing over and over and over again. It’s not the gun, the bullet, or the magazine, folks — it’s the shooter who determines when and where and how the next rampage will happen. Legislation that hinders the right of law-abiding citizens to adequately protect themselves only serves to ensure that more people will die at the hands of people like Loughner, Klebold, and Hasan.