The Hartford Courant reports that the Connecticut legislature is going to disclose its proposed new gun laws. Among the proposals is the banning of high capacity magazines.
The proposed compromise among legislative leaders would ban large-capacity magazines containing more than 10 bullets – such as the 30-round magazines that Adam Lanza used in the Dec. 14 Newtown school massacre – but would allow owners of existing larger-capacity magazines to keep them if they submit to a new registration system, informed sources have told The Courant.
The bipartisan deal reached late last week by legislative leaders also would strengthen the state’s existing ban on semi-automatic rifles – such as the Bushmaster AR-15 used by Lanza to kill 20 first graders and six educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. People could also keep those banned rifles if they submit to a new registration procedure.
People cling the belief that the magazines are inherently evil
“We specifically want an up or down vote on the banning of these large-capacity magazines with no grandfathering clause,” said Nicole Hockley, whose son, Dylan, 6, was killed Dec. 14. “Because we learned, the way that no other parents should learn, that the most dangerous, dangerous part of an assault weapon is the magazine.”
They want to believe that if Adam Lanza had to reload more frequently fewer would have died:
“The horrible, brutal truth is that 154 bullets were fired in four minutes, killing our children, our daughters, our wives. The shooter carried 10, 30-round large-capacity magazines,” Hockley said. “We have learned that in the time it took him to reload in one of the classrooms, 11 children were able to escape. We ask ourselves every day – every minute – if those magazines had held 10 rounds, forcing the shooter to reload at least six more times, would our children be alive today?”
Unfortunately, these beliefs are without basis. And here is the proof[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hx0JzYcwUiY[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGKvpabCCJ4[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ivRhvYRAeA[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNlQLcllToM[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IVeFmHNzVk[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHAPDFxlTvE[/youtube] [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksZqzPWm7VQ[/youtube]
Lanza reportedly expended 154 rounds in five minutes. He reloaded six times. Had he ten round magazines he would have had to carry 15 additional magazines instead of the nine he carried in order to expend the same number of rounds. Allowing four seconds per reload (generous, as you can see) Lanza would have needed an additional 40 seconds at most to do what he did- probably less, since half of the magazines weren’t empty.
Banning high capacity magazines won’t solve a thing. People are focused narrowly on the reported five minutes Lanza spent shooting. The problem is, he had more than ten minutes.
And his targets were unarmed.
Politicians are falling all over themselves trying to seem useful and in need of doing something-anything- even if entirely ineffective.
Watch as one of our two useful idiot Senators is asked if any new gun laws being proposed would have prevented Newtown.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9rabZESiiwA[/youtube]
Nothing being proposed at either the state or Federal level would have prevented Newtown. All those guns were legally purchased and Adam Lanza was not of age to possess any of them.
A person must be at least 21 years old to obtain an eligibility certificate for a handgun.1
Connecticut prohibits any person from selling, lending, giving, delivering or otherwise transferring any handgun to a person under age 21.2 A handgun may be transferred temporarily to a person under age 21 for target shooting or use on a shooting range if under the immediate supervision of a person eligible to possess a handgun.3
There is no minimum age to possess a long gun. A “junior firearms hunting license” may be issued to a child between 12 and 16 years of age.4
Connecticut also prohibits any person from transferring, selling or giving a machine gun to a person under age 16, including the temporary transfer of a machine gun to such person for use in target shooting or on a firing or shooting range or for “any other purpose.”5
But that won’t stop Blumenthal and Murphy from “fighting” to be ineffective.
Should they prevail, what will happen the next time there is a mass murder with ten round capacity magazines?
I think we all know the answer to that and that’s why this needs to be stopped now.