Often, when people quote the statistics, they will state that since the Clinton-era Assault Weapons Ban expired, the number of violent crimes committed with the use of an assault weapon or a weapon with a large capacity magazine has actually gone up. Some would argue that they’ve gone down. Regardless of who is correct, one thing remains paramount and clear. The ban expired. Let’s be perfectly clear on this undeniable fact.
With the expiration of the ban, firearms manufacturers have returned to selling weapons that firearms aficionados want. That happens to include “assault weapons” and large capacity magazines for both assault rifles and all semi-automatic handguns. I like to compare this to something that almost all Americans use, which are automobiles. Automobile manufacturers build vehicles that are going to be able to get the driver from point A to point B efficiently (and sometimes quickly). A great deal of research and development goes into building an automobile which can get great gas mileage, etc. however nobody would argue that selling automobiles with the largest possible capacity for storing gasoline is an ineffective design. It’s obvious to anyone who can think clearly on the issue. The fewer times you have to stop and fill up, the better. The same line of thinking applies to firearms, and firearms manufacturers know this.
Let’s assume that the number of crimes committed with assault weapons and/or high-capacity magazines has risen since the Assault Weapons Ban expired is true. Logically, wouldn’t it make sense that those weapons which the criminal would be using at the time of his crime would be those very same weapons which are available for purchase? If assault weapons and high-capacity magazines are available for purchase, then logically those would be bought and then subsequently used in these hypothetical crimes. If those weapons were not available, then a different weapon would be used; however I do not believe that the crime would not be committed. That is shortsighted and ignorant thinking. I mean, did all crime cease during the Clinton-era and the now expired weapons ban time period? The answer is quite simply, no.
Lastly, try to recall the mass killing that took place a number of years ago at Virgina Tech. This was committed on April 16, 2007 by a troubled student named Seung-Hui Cho, who used 2 semi-automatic handguns to carry out his attack which injured 17 people and took the lives of 33 people, including himself. The handguns he used were a 15-round capacity Glock 19 (9mm rounds) and a 10-round capacity Walther P22 (.22 caliber rounds). With the capacity to only carry 25 rounds of ammunition at a time, how did he manage to shoot, injure and kill so many? It doesn’t take a genius to figure this one out. And if you’re still too dumb to figure it out….he re-loaded!
In conclusion, it is my firm belief that the only way to stop crimes with firearms is for firearms to not exist. However; this is just as ignorant and unthinkable as believing that limiting the number of bullets a criminal’s semi-automatic handgun can hold will make any difference on the number of bullets he brings with him to his crime.