P4a: Ban Large Capacity Magazines

This post is the third in a long series of planned blog posts about proposed gun control measures to reduce the risk of mass shootings.

Link to Serious Example of this Proposalhttps://www.huffingtonpost.com/sen-frank-lautenberg/post_1905_b_845590.html

1) What problem does it solve? “Police found multiple large-capacity magazines at the scenes of the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, Texas. And our loved ones were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary by a shooter who used 30-round ammunition magazines. When he paused to reload, 11 children were able to escape.”
 
2) How well does it solve the problem?
 
Affirmative Answer: Well.
“These deadly devices are the weapon of choice for the deranged.
In the 1993 Long Island Railroad massacre, Colin Ferguson used a high-capacity magazine to kill six people and wound 19 others.
Major Nidal Hasan, the accused shooter in the Fort Hood tragedy, was armed with several high-capacity magazines and almost 400 rounds of ammunition when he went on his 2009 rampage, killing 13 people and wounding 34 others.
The onetime gun-shop employee who sold weaponry to Hasan testified that the alleged shooter told him he preferred extended ammunition clips because “he didn’t like spending time loading magazines.”
In addition to the Arizona, Long Island Railroad and Fort Hood shootings, high-capacity magazines were also used in the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, as well as an incident in Manchester, Connecticut, last year, when a gunman killed eight people and wounded two others.”
 
Negative Answer: Poorly.
(a) The size of a magazine doesn’t matter; it only takes a second to change the clip.
(b) Adding new gun control laws won’t help. We don’t enforce well the laws we already have.
 
3) What new problems does it add?
 
Affirmative Answer: None
 
Negative Answer: None (?)
 
4) What are the economic and social costs?
 
Affirmative Answer: None
 
Negative Answer: None (?)
 
5) Given the above, is it worth the costs?
 
Affirmative Answer: Yes
 
Negative Answer: No
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