You can’t hunt with it unless, of course, you are hunting people. The only thing you can do with it is kill people, lots of people, quickly. I'm talking about the Glock 19 semiautomatic handgun, particularly when it is loaded with a high capacity magazine that lets you fire 31 rounds as fast as you can pull the trigger. It is the gun Jared Lee Loughner is accused of using to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in the head, kill six others including a nine year old and wound 14 more.
Between 1994 and 2004, Glocks with high capacity magazines were banned. Loughner might have been able to get one anyway but it would have been much harder. He would have been stuck with a plain old gun, one that shot maybe 10 rounds or less before he had to reload. He might still have been able to shoot Gifford but the others he killed and wounded might have had a fighting chance. He would have run out of ammo a lot sooner. Someone might have been able to wrestle him to the ground while he was trying to reload and a nine year old and the others might be alive today.
Instead, this apparently mentally ill, drug using, failure could just walk into a store and buy a Glock and all the high capacity magazines he wanted. Then he was able to walk to a shopping center and spray 31 rounds into a crowd in just a few seconds.
We don’t have a law banning assault weapons like the Glock today. Congress has been too afraid of the National Rifle Association to pass an extension of the assault weapons ban. So we let just anyone buy a Glock and fit it out with a high capacity magazine. If they are in Arizona, they can walk around concealing the weapon and a pocket full of high capacity magazines for as long as they want without the need for a permit or any kind of background check to insure they aren't a homicidal maniac.
Next time you go to the supermarket or go shopping at a mall think about it. Some crazy may be walking next to you packing a Glock, ready to unload 31 quick rounds just for the fun of it or just because they think killing a bunch of people fast will make them somebody.
Tell me members of Congress and you NAR folks, I want to know. Who needs a Glock with a high capacity magazine beyond members of the military or law enforcement officers? Why is it so important for any American to be able to buy weapons in this country that fire off 31 rounds in a few seconds, weapons they can easily conceal until they pull them out to kill lots of innocent people, fast? How would our sacred Second Amendment rights be violated if we could only buy guns that shot 10 rounds in a few seconds or six rounds? Would that be so bad? Tell me, I want to know. Explain your support for letting Americans continue to buy people killing assault weapons to Loughner's victims and there families. Defend the right of people like Loughner to get easy access Glocks with high capacity magazines. Go ahead. Explain yourself.