After Nikolas Cruz shot and killed seventeen people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, on Valentine's Day, the country quickly turned from mourning to debating gun rights. Cruz, who had attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, had frightened teachers so much that he was banned from bringing a backpack to school.
"So how does a guy like that get his hands on a military-style weapon capable of pumping dozens of rounds into innocent victims without even reloading?," Miami New Times writer Tim Elfrink asked. "Well, this is Florida, so he just walks into a gun shop and buys one."
On February 28, the Colorado Senate's State, Veterans & Military Affairs committee will consider a bill that would repeal a 2013 ban on large-capacity ammunition magazines, which allow guns to shoot more than fifteen rounds of ammunition. The ban was approved in the wake of the Aurora theater shooting, and readers have plenty of opinions about the bill. Sean says:
Last week Republicans wanted to do something about the problem of children eating Tide Pods but are only sending thoughts and prayers to the families of the slaughtered children? I guess the NRA must give more money to get Republicans elected then the tide company does.
No gun laws are going to happen. The only chance for rational changes is to end Citizens United and limit the amount of money organizations can donate to politicians.
So they'll just reload more? The issue is, this guy was legally able to get these weapons, right? If he didn't have these guns, no-one would've likely died, so let's think of ways to prevent others like him from getting weapons. Ammo restrictions are meaningless.
If a police agency/swat/military can have a certain weapon, then so can the public. The purpose of the 2nd amendment is so that we can protect ourselves from a tyrannical government or the threat thereof. Careful what you wish for.
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Sponsored by Senator Owen Hill and representatives Stephen Humphrey and Lori Saine, all Republicans, the bill up for consideration would repeal a 2013 law that made selling, transferring or possessing large-capacity magazines a Class 2 misdemeanor in Colorado.
Following the mass shooting in Las Vegas, Denver City Council banned bump stocks. Used by the Vegas shooter, bump stocks allow semi-automatic rifles to act like fully automatic rifles.
We've reached out to Hill and Humphrey for comment on whether the bill repealing Colorado's large-capacity-magazine ban will be reconsidered in the wake of the Parkland shooting. A Saine representative declined to comment.
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