Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ban on Large Capacity gun magazines would offer no protection

While I sympathize with the attack on Rep. Gabby Giffords, and the deaths in Arizona, blaming the gun or its parts does not go to the root of the problem. The problem was a disturbed individual, who had been noted for previous aberrant behavior, and was not locked up. While this legislation may sound good on paper, and make Congress feel like it is addressing the problem, it falls far short.

The legislation creates an economic hardship on those who presently own high-capacity magazines. Magazines are not inexpensive, and to have to replace an existing magazine with another is an excessive expense. There is no provision for just compensation for the cost of replacing existing magazines.

There is also the matter of compliance. Who is going to enforce this new law? Are you willing, in these severe economic times, to fund the "magazine police"? Have you and your colleagues thought about how easily smuggled these devices are? If millions of illegal immigrants and millions of dollars worth of drugs can be smuggled in, are you now going to create a new underground market in high-capacity magazines?

This bill, if enacted, will affect many more people than criminals. Someone who has Grandpa's M1 carbine as an heirloom will now become a criminal if they don't turn in the magazine. Certain competitive sports involving these magazines will have to be radically changed. Another tool for self-defense is being denied to honest Americans.


TX: Police Say Man Shot by Homeowner in Self-Defense: "Authorities say the man found dead on the side of the road in Harlingen was shot because he was threatening a homeowner, and the homeowner fought back. It all started around 9:30 Thursday night on Rabb Road in La Feria. Authorities say 31-year-old Francisco Antonio Moreno, Roman Cardoza and another man approached a La Feria homeowner. The men allegedly forced the homeowner and his son out of their car and demanded they be let inside the house. They used a gun, knives and baseball bat to threaten the homeowner. The sheriff says the homeowner refused, wrestled the gun away and shot in self-defense. Cardoza is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. The homeowner held him down until police arrived. Moreno was shot and fled with the third suspect in a car. They drove to Harlingen on Karime and Julia Marie Road. That's where Moreno was found dead on the side of the road. The third suspect remains on the run."

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