1973 - when I started asking questions, like, "Why are we all dressed so funny?"

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Killing Capacity

My shooting buddies and I have gotten a kick out listening to the "gunaphobes" debate the merits of differing magazine capacities. The ignorance of what is actually decisive in terms of lethality overwhelms. The number one factor is training and skill, not equipment. In other words, the person behind the gun.

In the First World War, Sergeant Alvin York dropped 28 well-armed Germans and captured 132. He used a bolt action rifle with a five shot magazine. Lyudmila Pavlichenko (see above) killed 309 Germans on the Eastern Front during the World War II. Again, a simple five shot rifle, but with the addition of a scope. Closer to home, who can forget Lee Harvey Oswald's murder of JFK? Another bolt action rifle with a five shot magazine. This time in the hands of a former U.S. Marine.

People with ill intent will use whatever they can get their hands to commit dastardly deeds. Instead of focusing on tools and gadgets, the citizens of Colorado would we better served if the politicians found ways to deprive felons and loons of guns. But this requires hard work, not mere bluster. Perhaps that's too much to ask from politicians.

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