NBC's David Gregory and other gun opponents want to ban high capacity magazines, and people familiar with guns ask, "why?"
The theory is that the time it takes to change magazines would allow bystanders to tackle and disarm the shooter. That would assume the bystanders were within arms reach of the shooter, and yet the shooter emptied a full magazine and somehow missed them. Since all the advice we've been given about gun violence has at the top of the list to get as far away as possible, which also happens to be pretty good common sense, that theory assumes the bystanders were as crazy as the shooter.
What the gun opponents don't realize is that an empty magazine can be dumped and a fresh magazine inserted in one or two seconds. As for why gun opponents want them banned, it's a first step. Once that's done, it's on to another incremental step with the final goal of disarming the populace.
We talked about the magazines in a previous post. See High capacity magazine ban wouldn't make any difference.
Embarrassing story. A few years ago I had the crazy idea of trying to persuade a reporter to make a video showing how fast a magazine can be changed in a semi-automatic handgun to demonstrate the futility of banning high capacity magazines. Silly, silly me. People who have made up their minds will not assist in any endeavor to change those minds.
No need. There are plenty of videos already on Youtube demonstrating how quickly a standard magazine can be changed. Here are some that were linked in that previous post. As I stated there, the change takes less time than it would take to shout, "This is a gun free zone!"
Let's not forget the AK-47: here.