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By: RTSplayer , 5:32 PM GMT on April 04, 2013
So the NRA says reducing magazine size won't help because the criminals already have the bigger magazines, or will continue to get them.
I say that's only true initially.
Over time, as police pick up different criminals for different reasons, they will confiscate the larger magazines and various banned guns, which will gradually reduce the total number of weapons available.
Additionally, ALL of the massacres recently have involved guns and magazines legally purchased either by the eventual shooter or a relative of the shooter, none of whom had violent past criminal records or jail time.
So right away, since ALL of the recent massacre shootings have involved LEGALLY purchased large magazines, if the smaller magazines legislation had been in place it is a mathematical fact that the number of deaths and injuries would have been smaller.
As for gang violence and other criminals who have high capacity magazines, those existing magazines and weapons can be confiscated over time. It isn't a magic pill that will instantly stop all high capacity magazine related shootings, but it will reduce such killings over time, perhaps a period of several years.
Gun lobby doesn't want that either because they own stock in a gun company and stand to lose money if they don't sell as many bullets, OR because they have a radical ideology whereby they believe everyone should have a "right" to own their own personal mini-super weapon.
The free shotguns thing which is being done in Colorado will not help anyway, since most break-ins occur when nobody is at home. The criminals will just break in the house while the owners aren't there, and they'll steal the shotguns while they're stealing the money, jewelry, and electronic goods they normally steal.
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