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Response to Straw Man (Reply #26)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 03:40 PM

27. No, I dont think initial casualties are more acceptable

but it is clear that when someone has to pause, either to reload or because of a jam, that it gives help to the victims to either flee or try to stop the shooter.

I'd like to see the number of rounds vary upwards a little but not all that much.

Here is why, from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/10/opinion/no-right-to-bear-assault-weapons.html?_r=0 (words in bold my added emphasis) :

The District’s firearms law defines “assault weapon” to include rifles like the AR-15, which the Supreme Court once called “the civilian version of the military’s M-16 rifle.” The appeals court suggested that the only place where assault weapons, which are designed to spray bullets at a rapid rate, are necessary for self-defense is on a battlefield or the equivalent for police. Anywhere else their presence is an invitation to mayhem and puts police officers and all around at high risk.

It also concluded that “the evidence demonstrates a ban on assault weapons is likely to promote the Government’s interest in crime control in the densely populated urban area that is the District of Columbia.” The court reached the same conclusion about banning magazines with more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Those magazines increase the dangers of semiautomatic guns: they result in more shots fired, people wounded and wounds per person. The appeals court’s ruling is careful and convincing on this heated topic.

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