In response to the massacre in Newtown, CT, the government of New York state just passed a new law that among other things bans ammunition magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds for semiautomatic rifles and more than 7 rounds for semiautomatic pistols (I believe that is what New York’s SAFE Act does; any lawyers, please confirm). It was introduced on January 14, passed in the state Senate that same day, passed by the Assembly on January 15, and signed by Democrat Governor Cuomo later that day. On his radio show the other day, Sean Hannity had one of the Democrat morons who voted for the new law and asked him about the speed with which it was passed. Paraphrasing the Democrat, he said it’s an issue they’ve been looking at for a long time (I don’t remember if he was more specific than that).
Myth #1. New York’s state lawmakers took an appropriate amount of time to put together this comprehensive law. It’s quite apparent the idiots who voted for it, along with Gov. Cuomo who signed it into law, didn’t spend enough time on it.
As the statute is currently written, it does not exempt law enforcement officers.
Nearly every law enforcement agency in the state carries hand guns that have a 15 round capacity.
I would also assume federal law enforcement personnel working in New York state carry weapons with the same capacity, so they would be in violation of the law as well. And probably all of the various security personnel hired by private parties.
But remember, it’s for the children.
Myth #2. Had there been a ban on 30-round magazines, as was the case with the expired federal Scary Assault Weapons Ban, less children would have been killed. The gun grabbers keep announcing how 20 children were murdered by Adam Lanza in a matter of minutes. They say if 10-round magazines were only allowed to be legally used in the AR-15 Lanza stole instead of the 30-round magazines he had, he would not have been able to kill as many kids and adults. Really?
From the Hartford Courant nearly two weeks ago [emphasis mine]:
Sandy Hook Elementary School shooter Adam Lanza armed himself with hundreds of bullets on Dec. 14 before he entered the Newtown school.
As police wrap up at least the crime-scene portion of their investigation into Lanza’s murderous spree that left 26 people dead in the school, including 20 first-graders, the earplugs are not the only evidence that shows Lanza might have carried habits either from the shooting range or the virtual world of video games into his real-world massacre.
Lanza changed magazines frequently as he fired his way through the first-grade classrooms of Lauren Rousseau and Victoria Soto, sometimes shooting as few as 15 shots from a 30-round magazine, sources said.
More than a week after the shooting, investigators were still finding bullets under doors and in carpets and walls in the school as they tried to match the casings to the magazines.
Investigators are aware that frequent reloading is common in violent video games because an experienced player knows never to enter a new building or room without a full magazine so as not to risk running out of bullets. This has led them to speculate privately that this might be a reason that he replaced magazines frequently.
Investigators have not said how many shots Lanza fired with the Bushmaster semiautomatic rifle after he entered the school by firing half a dozen rounds through the glass at the school entrance. Sources said that he fired approximately 150 rounds during the shooting spree.
It’s easy to say that some of the time, Lanza didn’t fire all of the bullets in a magazine before swapping it out for another magazine. And with that, it can be said that banning 30-round magazines would not have kept Lanza from murdering less people.
Myth #3. Despite saying otherwise, gun grabbers hate the 2nd Amendment (and the Constitution) and want every legally-purchased firearm owned by law abiding citizens taken away from them (I have no doubt the gun grabbers would ignore the Takings Clause and would rather the government just take without paying for them). Yeah, good luck with that.
There are 250 million guns in the United States, legally owned by tens of millions of people. Let’s put this in perspective. Open borders advocates claim that we supposedly “xenophobic” conservatives are unrealistic in wanting to deport the millions of illegal aliens in this country. Realistically speaking, I would say it is unrealistic to deport all of the millions of illegal aliens. Factoring this, one can say there are tens of millions of more legal gun owners than there are illegal aliens. How do the gun grabbers propose to take the hundreds of millions of legally-owned firearms from tens of millions of armed citizens? Let’s say a healthy percentage of these people voluntarily turn over their weapons or are sufficiently cowed to hand them over if threatened with jail. What about all those who won’t? How many thousands, how many millions, will fight back?
Myth #4: The federal government needs more laws for this proliferation of these firearms all over the country. Except they don’t.
Ed Morrissey notes that the Obama regime admits they don’t have the manpower to work with the laws currently on the books, in a quote from a Daily Caller piece he linked to:
Jim Baker, the NRA representative present at the meeting, recalled the vice president’s words during an interview with The Daily Caller: “And to your point, Mr. Baker, regarding the lack of prosecutions on lying on Form 4473s, we simply don’t have the time or manpower to prosecute everybody who lies on a form, that checks a wrong box, that answers a question inaccurately.”
How does the regime expect to handle new laws with even more background checks?
The gun grabbers like to say how those who look at the 2nd Amendment and see it as a right to prevent a tyrannical government are nut jobs and extremists. But if you take a look, it is they who are the extremists, along with the politicians they support.
Cross-posted at Scipio the Metalcon.