In the wake of the Newtown, Conn,. shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, gun control advocates are encouraging Congress to prohibit high-capacity ammunition magazines.
— Foster The People (@fosterthepeople) December 19, 2012
Ban civilian assault rifles, ban high-capacity magazines, enforce stringent background checks on 100% of gun trades. Just common sense.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 19, 2012
Their hope is to force mass shooters to reload more often:
Why does anyone need high capacity magazines? “If you need to reload — you lost.”
— Ken Snyder (@KenSnyder4) December 20, 2012
They point to Jared Loughner, the Tuscon, Ariz,. shooter who was tackled as he tried to reload his weapon.
@dragonman0325 if Jared Loughner didn't have to re-load, everyone would have been dead in AZ.Capacity certainly make a difference.
— Michael Skolnik (@MichaelSkolnik) December 18, 2012
On the other hand, Newtown shooter Adam Lanza, Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui, and Aurora, Colo., shooter James Holmes were all able to reload their weapons repeatedly in the middle of their shooting sprees.
It is not surprising, then that many tweeters think a ban on high-capacity magazines will accomplish little, if anything.
I don't understand the left's fascination with high capacity magazines. Do they know how long it takes to reload?!
— Bryan Thomas (@bthockey) December 22, 2012
Guns are not the root problem. Or high capacity mags. I mean it takes three seconds to reload, you're not slowing much down.
— William E Sterner (@WillSterner) December 19, 2012
Anyone who thinks that banning high capacity magazines is the answer is someone who has never seen how fast I can reload.
— Philip Hansen (@evil_avatar) December 17, 2012
Idea is to force more pauses to reload? Skeptical it would work. MT @gabrielmalor I don't get the proposals to ban high capacity magazines.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) December 18, 2012
We're skeptical, too.