Sunday, January 23, 2011

High Capacity Magazines The Target of WaPost Pulitzer Hopefuls

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.


BigFred said...

A point of order: A clip is used to hold ammunition together until it can be placed into a magazine, for firing. Example: The SKS is loaded from a 10 round stripper clip into it's internal magazine. The Garand is loaded with an 8 round en bloc clip, and not a good example in this case. The venerable M-14 we enjoyed on the ships had a 20 round detachable magazine, which was loaded from 10 round stripper clips that came in bandoleers.

"The Hammer" said...

Ok so they outlaw 12 round plus mags, so what? Ever hear of an ammo belt, or even a pocket? How long does it take to pop an empty and rack another? Not long my friend, even for an idiot. I don't see the point of this whole exercise. It's a silly waste of time.

Anonymous said...

I think in the name of peace, civility, and non-violence, Mr Hammer needs to change his name to a more "friendly" sounding tool.

knessive said...

My feelings were hurt initially when I did not see my comment before the Hammer, because, you know, I am smarter than his country-ass. I also may have to change my nom-de-plume to "...and Tongs" so Hammer and I can give you the 1-2 punch. or if Obama wins re-election, I will roll as "...and Sickle" because that is the way we will be headed.

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