Do you ever wonder why the general public seems to be so completely ignorant on the issues that are critical to our country today? I’m wagering an educated guess that this is because they swallow whatever the media feeds them like a porn star in a bukake scene. Self-important rags like the Washington Post and the New York Times spew it, and the Great Unwashed swallow in great, big gulps. Doing research is just extraneous effort to them, not worth expending. Why bother, when the Washington Post editorial staff writes gems such as this?

SEN. CHRIS MURPHY (D-Conn.) offered a trenchant comment the other day about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, which was carried out by Adam Lanza with a semiautomatic assault weapon that reloaded bullets in rapid succession from a single ammunition magazine.

OK, stop right there! The semiautomatic rifle chambered the next round only as quickly as Lanza could pull the trigger, but already the Post is making it sound like the big, bad magazine was responsible for the mass murder. The magazine simply holds the rounds. The rifle chambers them. The shooter is the one who controls the speed with which the rounds are expelled. But that doesn’t matter, because now that the media realizes there’s no way an assault weapons ban will pass, they’re focusing their dull quills on what they call “high-capacity magazines,” or in the cases of the truly retarded, “clips.”

Twenty children and six adults were killed in a deadly few minutes of fire. “We do know that historically in these instances, amateurs have trouble switching magazines,” the senator said, according to the New York Times. “I believe, and many of the parents there believe, that if Lanza had to switch cartridges nine times versus two times there would likely still be little boys and girls alive in Newtown today.”

Dear Senator, you’re a blithering idiot. Historically we know WHAT? A monkey high on crack can switch out a magazine. Push release. Drop mag. Slap another one in. If you’re really skilled, you tape two mags together in a Jungle Style configuration, to make reloading even easier. What you nattering hysterics believe has no grounding in reality, and basing legislation on what you believe without actual evidence to back up what you’re saying amounts to destroying basic rights of the people based on nothing but histrionics.

The 10-round limit was included in the 1994 assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004. Taking stock of that law, a report for the National Institute of Justice noted that studies have shown that attacks with semiautomatic weapons “result in more shots fired, more persons hit, and more wounds inflicted per victim than do attacks with other firearms.” There is already a huge stock of these weapons and ammunition clips in civilian hands, but Congress could at least staunch the manufacture and purchase of new ones.

This comes from a report issued by a Christopher Koper at the University of Pennsylvania, and based on “predictions that are tenuous,” according to the principal investigator himself.  The author also prefaces this claim with the following:

Should it be renewed, the ban’s effects on gun violence are likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement. AWs were rarely used in gun crimes even before the ban. LCMs are involved in a more substantial share of gun crimes, but it is not clear how often the outcomes of gun attacks depend on the ability of offenders to fire more than ten shots (the current magazine capacity limit) without reloading.

Not that the Washington Post would make any mention of this particular bit of text. Additionally, considering the tiny percentage of shootings committed with these weapons and these magazines, the sample size is too small to make an adequate assessment.

A limit on high-capacity magazines draws more support in recent public opinion polls than does a ban on assault weapons.

Maybe that’s because the Great Unwashed don’t realize that these magazines are standard for many of these rifles.  You ban the mag, and you end up with a de facto ban on the rifles. I bet the legisleeches know this. Does the public? And as far as the actual claim about public support… well, I guess that would depend on whom you ask and which poll you believe. A January 20 survey in the Wall Street Journal saw 80 percent of respondents oppose a high-capacity magazine ban. But I don’t suppose the Washington Post would acknowledge this.

Senators who have resisted gun control legislation out of concern for political fallout have been hinting that they may support limits on ammunition clips. One of them, Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), has stated that, despite his “A” rating from the National Rifle Association, he is ready to depart from the status quo in response to Sandy Hook. The senator could do so by speaking up for a limit on large-capacity ammunition clips.

This makes them ignorant squishes, who are ready to compromise your rights away for a little political capital. Just because they have indicated their intent to support a ban, does not make the ban a good idea.

No one who owns guns for hunting, target practice or personal self-defense needs to have a 30-bullet magazine, as Vice President Biden rather inartfully stated in an online chat last week.

Really?

I would think these people would beg to differ. And these. And I’m betting this lady, who fought off thugs wielding an AK, wouldn’t agree with a mediot’s assessment of what she may or may not have needed in this battle. And I’m betting those Korean shop owners who defended themselves and their property during the LA riots would tell you to shove your ban up your collective asses as well. As for Biden’s “inartful” idiocy… anyone who would advise folks to negligently discharge a shotgun instead of using an easy to load, low recoil, light tool of self defense, needs to be ridiculed mercilessly and exposed for the tool that he is.

Mr. Biden said that civilians don’t need a semiautomatic assault rifle of the AR-15 type — like that used by Lanza — to protect themselves. “It’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use and in fact you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself,” the vice president declared. “Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.”

Mr. Biden is a retard. We’ve already established that, but thanks for playing, Washington Post. You’re excused.