Will banning high-capacity magazines really make us safer?


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.

Rep. @nancypelosi and others unveil legislation targeting the manufacturing of high-capacity #gun magazines. Watch on CNN.com/live2

— 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.

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