NBC's David Gregory held up what he said was a high capacity ammunition magazine to make a point on "Meet the Press."
Now he's being investigated for allegedly violating the District of Columbia's ban on high-cap mags.
Well, David, you can't have it both ways. No matter how impractical, a ban is a ban and police will attempt to enforce it.
Some of my favorite sidearms hold fewer than 10 rounds: a 1911 Government Model .45, a Colt single-action Army six-shooter loaded with five rounds for safety and a J-frame Smith & Wesson Model 37 Chief's in .38 Special.
But I also like the venerable and fun-to-shoot M1 Carbine, with 15-round or 30-round banana clips (technically a magazine, not a clip).
So what does a ban on high-capacity magazine bans accomplish? And how many rounds is too many?
Depending on how you slice the data,
mass shootings are not really impacted by high-cap mag bans because such shootings usually involve handguns. Such as the Dunblane shooting in Scotland that resulted in the UK's ammo ban or the Texas Luby's shooting that contributed to passage of the state's concealed handgun license law.
As for the number of rounds, the Aurora shooter used an after-market high-cap magazine that jammed, saving many lives. What if he had used smaller-capacity mags and had reloaded?
- Dr. Gatling