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New terminology you’ll be hearing a lot more of very soon

Assault magazines.” You can’t even parody them anymore. You just can’t.

According to the FBI, 22 mass shootings occurred in the United States between 1984 and 2011. At first glance, the attacks appear to have little in common. The killers are as diverse — white, black, Latino and Asian — as their victims. The killers range in age from 11 to 55. The crimes were committed across the United States, from Honolulu to Newtown, Conn. Those killed and wounded include university researchers, technology executives, blue-collar workers, churchgoers, a U.S. congresswoman and even schoolchildren.

While in dispute, the motives for the killings probably include everything from revenge to criminal insanity. The one thing these attacks have in common: All were committed with large-capacity ammunition magazines.

These “assault magazines” are devices that hold more than 10 bullets. They were designed and manufactured for military use to allow soldiers to kill the maximum number of enemy combatants without reloading. And while most of these attacks would have occurred whether or not the assailants had access to large ammunition clips, it’s clear that the use of these devices dramatically increased their lethality.

Law enforcement officers with experience in mass shootings confirm that, in a large number of cases, the shooters are subdued by nearby bystanders or law enforcement when they pause to reload. These devices simply give assailants more time to kill.

The lack of political will to enact gun control legislation in Congress can be attributed to an appalling lobbying effort by the National Rifle Association, a quarter-billion-dollar lobby that has spent more than $75 million on campaigns in the past two decades the Second Amendment.

Fixed it for ya, asshole. Elsewhere, the douchebag tosses around the other staples of the gun-grabber diet: “assault weapon,” “high capacity clip,” “gun-show loophole,” all of which are without much in the way of meaning except in the context of advancing the liberal-fascist agenda. The antidote:

The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American.

Emphasis mine. Explanation unnecessary or, in the case of gun-grabbing fascists, completely futile.

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2 thoughts on “New terminology you’ll be hearing a lot more of very soon

  1. Other assault magazines include “National Geographic” and “Penthouse”.

  2. “I’ve served in law enforcement nearly my whole career, currently as San Francisco’s district attorney, and before that as chief of police in San Francisco and Mesa, Ariz., and as assistant chief of police in Los Angeles.”

    And yet he still uses incorrect terminology like “large capacity clip.”

    Actually, it makes sense. He was never a real cop, but a politician. The San Francisco Chief of Police is elected. the LA Chief of Police is appointed by the mayor so I expect the Assistant Chiefs (there are more than one) are similarly appointed by the mayor or the chief. I haven’t determined how the Mesa choose their Police Chief but I expect it’s by election or political appointment.

    Either way, anything he says from the standpoint of being in law enforcement cannot be assumed to be accurate, at least when it comes to the reality on the ground.

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