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Response to slackmaster (Reply #10)

Wed Sep 5, 2012, 10:12 PM

42. They are different things, yes.

 

The LOL part is that there is no such thing as a "high-capacity" clip. A clip holds ammunition by the base of the case so putting more than 10 rounds in a clip configuration would be very flexible and ungainly.

A magazine, on the other hand, completely encloses the round so the ammunition can be stacked very compactly.

What makes this an issue is that you have people whose only knowledge of weapons comes from watching movies (where accuracy isn't a factor) attempting to make policy about something they clearly know little of. It would be analogous to someone making regulations about automobiles who didn't know how to drive.

That is why the Assault Weapons Ban is such a contentious issue -- there is no practical difference between an AR-15 (labeled an Assault Weapon) and a Ruger Mini-14 (not an Assault Weapon). Both have the same capacity, use the same ammo, have the same muzzle velocity and, yes, both have been used in mass shootings.

But, because the AR-15 is black, and scary looking, while the Mini-14 is something that looks like my Dad carried in World War II, one is banned and the other isn't. This show just how ridiculous the debate become when you seen congress-persons and lobbyists debating a topic of which they have no knowledge -- all they have is emotional reactions and the overwhelming desire to "do something" that they think will appeal to their base.


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