Aftermath of San Bernardino

Four months after the San Bernardino shooting, five gun control bills have been given initial approval by the California state senate. They are completely absurd measures that address almost nothing of importance. The proposed laws outlaw “Assault Rifles” with detachable magazines, “Clips” holding more than ten rounds of ammunition, and requiring registration of all firearms that have the infamous “Bullet Button”.

I’d like to address each of these points one at a time and shed some light on the absurdity of their existence. First, what defines an assault rifle? A quick google search of “Assault Rifle” gives the following definition. An assault rifle is “A rapid-fire, magazine-fed automatic rifle designed for infantry use”. In other words, the semi-automatic firearms that are cosmetically similar to those the military uses are NOT assault weapons. Nevertheless the term has been twisted to include any semi-automatic firearm that looks similar to the famous M-16 and AK-47 variant rifles. The way the law is currently written, any firearm that can accept a detachable magazine that can hold more than ten rounds is going to need to be registered with the state. It really is a clever political move since almost every firearm that accepts magazines would fall under this category. That would be just about every popular long gun that is sold in this country. By pretending to be targeting the rifles that they claim account for the most crime, the California state government is attempting to have universal registration of firearms through a backdoor method.

Now let’s talk about the “Clips” holding more than ten rounds. First of all, the person who wrote this section of the report on the proposed laws apparently has no experience with firearms. There is a huge functional difference between a clip and a magazine that anyone that owns a firearm would know. Anyway, the reason given for banning the use of “high capacity magazines” is because “Since 1980, 435 people have been killed in 50 mass shootings involving large-capacity magazines, some of which can hold 100 rounds of ammunition”. There are a lot of things wrong with this statement. First of all, this is a thirty-six year period. That means that a grand total of 12 people per year were killed with weapons using large capacity magazines. Another thing that is wrong with this statement is that it throws in the assumption that a 100 round magazine is the magazine of choice for a mass shooter. This is very frustrating because the statistic assumes that thirty round magazines are high capacity magazines. A completely wrong assumption. The firearms they are supposed to be used in were based around these thirty round magazines. So a thirty round magazine is effectively standard capacity. The fact that 100 round magazines exist makes no difference. I can’t think of a single case where a 100 round magazine was used in a shooting. As a gun owner I know that they are unreliable and bulky. It is one of those statements that tries to get people to think, oh no one needs a magazine that holds one hundred rounds. I support this bill. Meanwhile the true purpose is to ban twenty and thirty round magazines.

It is really frustrating to see lawmakers make the same mistakes over and over. All this law will do is inconvenience law abiding citizens.




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