Friday, June 30, 2017

Absolutely Amazing Article by Gary Kleck

Large-Capacity Magazines and the Casualty Counts in Mass Shootings: The Plausibility of Linkages


Do bans on large-capacity magazines (LCMs) for semiautomatic firearms have significant potential for reducing the number of deaths and injuries in mass shootings? The most common rationale for an effect of LCM use is that they allow mass killers to fire many rounds without reloading. LCMs are used is less than 1/3 of 1% of mass shootings. News accounts of 23 shootings in which more than six people were killed or wounded and LCMs were used, occurring in the U.S. in 1994-2013, were examined. There was only one incident in which the shooter may have been stopped by bystander intervention when he tried to reload. In all of these 23 incidents the shooter possessed either multiple guns or multiple magazines, meaning that the shooter, even if denied LCMs, could have continued firing without significant interruption by either switching loaded guns or by changing smaller loaded magazines with only a 2-4 second delay for each magazine change. Finally, the data indicate that mass shooters maintain slow enough rates of fire such that the time needed to reload would not increase the time between shots and thus the time available for prospective victims to escape.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, but facts have never made any difference to the Left.

    "If it only saves one child's life." But it doesn't; gun control actually COSTS lives. Whoosh! In one ear, out the other. Nothing in there to connect with.

    "We must think of the chillll- dren."