Dear Sen. Kyl, you could not be more wrong! In response to my suggestion, made on the occasion of Gabby Giffords’ demonstrated improvement over Thanksgiving, that we consider legislation against 30-plus round magazines, you replied:
“Evidence clearly suggests, however, that the mere existence of gun laws does little to prevent such shootings. The key is enforcement of existing laws and imposing of tough sentences on those who used firearms to commit crimes.”
Now we hear that John Hinckley wants to be released on extended visitation with his 83-year-old mother. Did John Hinckley’s incarceration influence Jared Loughner? Not in the least! Both Hinckley and Loughner are mental cases. On one occasion when Hinckley was let out, his mother dropped him off at a movie theater but he skipped out to a book store to read books on political assassination!
I doubt that you could find a single police department in even minor locales that does not oppose the commercial, non-military sales of armor piercing (AP) small arms ammunition, the type which makes bullet proof vests a joke. Where do you stand on the sale of AP small arms ammunition: for or against? And how is your stand on AP small arms ammunition any different than taking a stand against high capacity round magazines for the sort of automatic pistols used by Jared Loughner?
No, Sen. Kyl, your position on sensible, evenly balanced gun legislation is ridiculous. Making such ancillary devices as 30-plus magazines and small arms AP ammunition illegal will severely impact their general availability for casual use in crime. Those who supply such materials are sensitive to law enforcement and will obey these laws.
Good thing you are not running again for re-election. But are you planning to lobby for the NRA? And know this, if it had been you instead of Gabby, my opinions would not have changed. But yours surely would, wouldn’t they!