A couple of WaPost reporters have staked their claim to a Pulitzer Prize by exhaustive "mining" and "research" that shows that the percentage guns seized during crimes since the 2004 expiration of the Brady bill banning high capacity magazines has increased. Duh. We need a four screen internet story to tell us that when the government ceases to ban something it becomes more widely used?
The story includes a litany of vignettes of horrible crimes over the past seven years committed with guns equipped with such appendages. The message here: we need to ban these clips because they are used by people to commit mass murders.
Interestingly enough, our modern media gumshoes fail to discuss two related (but inconvenient) questions:
1) were there horrible mass murders committed with guns using legal magazines while the ban was in place?
2) has there been a rise in the murder rate nationwide since the Brady ban ended?
There are lies, damnable lies, and statistics.