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Response to Dog Gone at Penigma (Reply #27)

Fri Feb 1, 2013, 05:40 PM

29. Courts and the NYT are not infallible.

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.

Not entirely clear, no. The few seconds that it takes the shooter to reload are unlikely to be consequential -- unless, of course, someone is firing back at the shooter. Also, as I mentioned before, extreme high-capacity magazines, like the 33-round in Loughner's Glock, are actually more jam-prone than standard magazines, which for most handguns would hold 15 to 17 rounds.

I submit that the court's findings, as reported by the NYT, ignore those facts. As for the Times' assessment of semi-automatic weapons, their use of the word "spray" is intentionally misleading, since only full-auto firearms can be said to "spray bullets." The metaphor suggests a garden hose, which continuously emits water as long as the "trigger" is held down. This is not the case with semi-auto firearms.

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