Gun control advocates call for a ban on high-capacity firearms magazines, and the resulting bill by New York Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, won’t fly. If nothing else, the National Rifle Association is on the case, and they’ve got the winning hand inside the beltway (again still). Despite the media mania for gun control after the Safeway Massacre, anti-Jared Lee Loughner is centering more and more on . . . Jared Lee Loughner. Not his high cap mag. Still, gun control advocates know that they may not have as good a chance to get something done as right here, right now. In fact, they fancy their chances. Delusional? Here’s reasons to be cheerful parts one through three, via politicsdaily.com. We report, you deride . . .
1) These gunshots hit closer to home. “I can’t remember the last time a congressman was targeted here,” he says — not since 1978 and the death of California Rep. Leo Ryan in the Jonestown massacre. And the Tucson victims — a recently engaged 30-year-old, a beloved federal judge, a 9-year-old girl born on 9/11 — are such storied figures that unless someone were writing a movie script, they’d be accused of making this up, says Helmke.
2) The legislation that McCarthy is proposing in the House and Lautenberg in the Senate — a ban on high-capacity ammunition clips — is narrowly drawn and was once law as part of the assault weapons ban that was in effect from 1994 to 2004. “It was a law that worked, and it’s directly related to what happened in Tucson,” says Helmke. Loughner was tackled after firing 31 bullets as he stopped to put in a new clip. If magazine clips were limited to ten rounds, as McCarthy proposes, Loughner would have been shut down earlier and the damage lessened.
3) The fact the Loughner was able to obtain a gun legally shows how weak our laws are. The fact that he was dangerous enough to be rejected by the military and get kicked out of algebra class should prompt congressional hearings to investigate the background checks that are in place, and examine what events can be flagged to tip off potentially violent behavior. The current bar for the background check for the no-buy list is too low.