I’m a guy. I grew up out here in the West with guns. I can’t even remember the first time I fired a weapon. My dad taught me firearm safety and how to shoot.
I qualified expert with an M-16 in basic in 1968 putting 60 out of 60 on the target. Thankfully I never had to use it on another person.
I liked guns as a sporting tool and for their very “Machine-ness” a strange affliction that many of us guys have which may include cars, guns, boats, pumps, drills, airplanes, saws, etc. Personally, I stopped taking lives with them before my teens.
Our soldiers in WW-II carried M-1 rifles which had an eight-round (bullets) capacity (Germans only had five). General Patton called the M-1 “the greatest implement of battle devised”. That is because it fired eight high-powered 30-06 rounds as fast as you could pull the trigger. 1941’s ultimate war weapon.
The Aurora killer had a 100-round clip. No reloading for 100 spits of high powered death. There is no reason why any civilian should have a weapon with a magazine capacity over 10 rounds.
If you can’t hit it in 10 shots you have no business holding a weapon. No self respecting (or animal respecting) hunter needs even five in a clip.
There are those who say, “Hey it’s fun firing off 30! And if the Saracen Hordes or zombies attack, that extra 20 in my clip would come in handy ! So don’t take my rights!”
What about the rights of 70 people in a theater?
Some of you will say, “If everyone was armed they could have stopped him !!”
Well, “He had the drop on them.” He was dressed from head to toe in Kevlar, the bullets from your guns would have done you no good.
Unless you go out every day dressed like the Michelin Man in bullet proof wear you are at a disadvantage.
Is this our ideal NRA world?
If he had had to reload, it just might have given someone time to grab him or at least escape.
Right to bear arms does not mean right to own a Nuke.
If the authors of the Bill of Rights had envisioned a world where one deranged guy could shoot as many people as 2 FULL PLATOONS of soldiers in one to two minutes, rather than pouring powder, loading a ball and ramming it home one shot at a time, they may have been a little more specific and cautious with their wording.