A helpful note to those fear-driven, paranoid, authoritarian hoplophobes who are hoping to heartlessly exploit the recent tragedy in Tucson as a basis for another round of pointless legislation limiting the size of magazines that can be manufactured:
To be perfectly fair, Joe does have a little experience when it comes to shooting accurately and reloading quickly, but it is sheer foolishness to think, even for a second, that someone intent on killing other people could not acquire similar experience himself.
Likewise, it is important to note that two seconds can be a long time, if you are prepared for them and ready, but here is a fun experiment for you: tell someone in your family or place of business to say a certain word to you in the coming week when they are within 15 or so feet of you; then, after they say that word, you have two seconds to touch them. Think you can do it? It is quite true that the average human reaction time, when they are expecting the stimulus in question and the expected response is simple, is somewhere around 2/10ths of a second, but what about a complete surprise? What about an incident that requires actual thought, much less an understanding of what is going on?
Now imagine someone is shooting at people around you, at you. Imagine the screaming, the running, the shoving, the pushing, the blood, the noise, the gunshots, the shock, the surprise, the panic, the crowd, the adrenaline, the horror… and now try to tell me, while maintaining any semblance of honesty, that you believe an average person could pick out the shooter, realize he or she was reloading, rush him or her, and reach him or her before the shooter’s slide was dropped and the gun is back on target.
Sorry, folks, but I am not buying it.
One popular misconception that seems to be fueling the craze to ban normal-capacity magazines is that the Tucson murderer was… restrained… while attempting to reload his firearm – while strictly true, it leaves out one important detail:
Police have said the gunman did manage to put another magazine into his firearm, but its spring failed.
It seems that the murderer had successfully dropped an expended magazine and reinserted a fresh one before anyone had reached him, but that magazine failed to operate properly… at that point, it became a question of his reaction time in responding to a malfunction (specifically, a failure to feed). Thankfully for everyone present, the time it took the murderer to identify, understand, and correct the malfunction was greater than the time it took Colonel (Retired) Bill Badger, Roger Salzgeber, Joseph Zamudio, and Patricia Maisch to identify him, understand what was happening, and respond heroically.
So, my dear, disgusting blood dancers, the only appropriate, rational response to your demands to reinstate the failed “Assault Weapon” Ban is, “No,” – the AWB had no discernible impact on crime, it would not have banned the magazines the murderer used, and, even if it had, it probably would not have mattered. Even better (at least for those of us who are interested in individual human rights), the new “gun control” legislation is likely to go nowhere. I would tell you to stop exploiting the deaths of innocents, and start relying on facts and logic to support your positions, but you and I both know you have neither…