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To support their argument, proponents of limiting the size of magazines note that during Jared Lee Loughner’s 2011 attack on Gabrielle Giffords and her constituents in Tucson, Arizona, a woman was able to take away his thirty-round magazine after he stopped shooting to reload it. ”63 is not relevant. Indeed, six states already have bans on high-capacity Typically, a 10-round magazine is magazines (ones that hold thirty rounds or more): Calisufficient. The only fornia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, purpose is to put a and New York.

What we need is a frank, precise, constructive conversation about the problem of high-speed weapons. You don’t need rapid-fire weapons to hunt or defend your home. Cops don’t need them to shoot down bad guys. And while it’s true that passing a law against them won’t eliminate them, that’s not an argument against legislation. It’s an argument for going beyond legislation. 69 50 Saletan and others who support his approach acknowledge that it will be difficult to get people to cooperate to this degree.

This is not to say, however, that a majority of Republicans want concealed weapon permits to be handed out without some restrictions. Only 14 percent of all respondents in the poll said that gun laws should be less strict, 30 percent felt they should remain the same, and 49 percent felt that gun laws should be tougher. Arming Everyone Members of the Armed Citizen Project, however, believe that the majority of people who are neither criminals nor mentally ill should be armed. Based in Houston, Texas, this nonprofit group is working to give guns and gun training to people in mid- to highcrime neighborhoods.

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