Friday, April 19, 2013
Steve Singleton advises readers in a recent letter that “it’s fine to question NRA statements and actions.”
And so “with a tip of my hat” to Steve, I will.
Steve writes (as an Endowment/Life member of the NRA) in the same letter:
“Most NRA members know the only thing that could have prevented the Newtown atrocity — saving some or all of the kids — would have been someone confronting that murderer with his/her firearm.”
No, Steve is completely wrong about this. Furthermore it’s not just myself saying this, it’s everywhere we read and listen.
Rarely can a broad statement be made about something with regard to “what would have been done differently” when the “what would have been done” is hypothetical due to hindsight.
However, in the specific case of Newtown and Adam Lanza, it is crystal clear what would have happened “if” only one gun-related law had been in force at the time Adam’s mother was purchasing guns and gun-related items for herself (and Adam as a result).
It is clear that everything gun related to Adam’s mother purchased was legal at the time of her purchase.
It is clear to those who follow the news that it was reported that when Adam put together the arsenal he took with him to Newtown, he chose from the legally purchased items in his house. Furthermore, he chose only the higher-powered weapons and only the high-capacity magazines available in his home.
To be clear, from everything that has been written about what was officially found in the Lanza home with regard to ammunition magazines, Adam left behind at home the lower capacity magazines — and took the higher capacity magazines.
To be clear, and to counter Steve’s suggestion of “the only thing that could have prevented the Newtown atrocity ...”, if Adam Lanza’s mother had been legally allowed to purchase only low-capacity ammunition magazines, then with the time it would have taken to reload, fewer children at Newtown would have been slain.
It’s all about time, and the high-capacity magazines put time on Lanza’s side. With lower-capacity magazines, time would have been on the side of the children, at least some of the children.