JPH wrote:One, high cap mags become rare and dangerous to possess. Two, shooters are forced to stop after 6 rounds, drastically slowing down the rate of fire. Three, anything down range of a shooter has more time to seek cover or escape. Four, you and i continue to purchase whatever style of gun we want. We continue to hunt and defend ourselves and our families.
I cannot argue the truth of these statements. However, the first 3 points you make are going to affect the legally armed citizen much more than the type of person who is going to perpetrate a mass shooting.
It comes back to a simple fact: CRIMINALS DO NOT CARE ABOUT LAWS AND RESTRICTIONS. Think about the things that are or have been illegal in this country throughout history. Booze...Pot...Heroin...Prostitution...I could go on and on here.
Making something illegal does 2 things. 1) restricts a responsible law-abiding citizen who either through moral choice or fear of penalty decides not to partake/own/act when it comes to those illegalities. 2) creates a black market to provide such illegal substances/services to the people who could care less about what our laws are.
Make things illegal all you want, it's not going to make them go away. Sell only 5 shot clips...someone's going to figure out how to mod it out to a 30 round banana clip, then post it on youtube so everyone and their brother can try to make them.
We live in a free society. This comes with the good and the bad. We all see the good every day and every time we get to make a choice for ourself and enjoy our freedoms. The bad goes unnoticed until it rears it's evil ugly head in situations like this. The problem is that the only way to ensure that the bad doesn't ever happen is to do away with many of the things that allow us to live in a free society.
I guess we could take every child at age 10, send them to a camp for 6 months where they are closely monitored and presented with situations and decisions to make, and then make a determination on how likely each person is to be either a good productive citizen or a waste of time and resources. Then each individual has to live their live according to the restrictions that are set to their specific personality traits. IE: you get pissed off really easy, you show signs of mental unbalance, etc... then you don't get to own guns. (I hope you all see the sarcasm in this last paragraph...but it truly is either live in a free society where people get to make their own decisions or let Big Brother handle everything and give us our marching orders on a day to day basis)
"When a hunter is in a tree stand with high moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God." ~Fred Bear