Why Allow High Capacity Magazines
I don't plan to "need" a 30 round magazine for my rifle any more than I plan to need my FEMA recommended disaster supplies and
- The LA riots (Hordes of criminals attacked people and property. Anyone who saw the news footage of the Korean shopkeeper on his roof with an AK-47 single handedly repel the fire wielding mob will know how this semi-automatic civilian version of a military style weapon was useful in defending his property and livelihood)
Hollywoodbank robbery (a private gun store gave the police weapons to hold the robbers at bay until SWAT arrived)
- September 11th
- The recent
courthouse shooting (A civilian armed with a handgun died saving the life of a wounded victim because the criminal possessed illegal superior firepower) Texas
These things all prove that bad things often take us by surprise. It would be nice to know I'm as ready as possible to keep my family and community safe in the unlikely event of a fire fight.
Shooting is a fun and rewarding hobby. For a lot of people, larger magazines and bigger guns mean more fun. This is like a person who buys a sports car, a big truck or a top of the line power saw even though they don't really "need" that kind of power and performance most of the time. Most sports car owners probably aren't planning to outrun police cars, most truck owners aren’t planning to smash through roadblocks and most power saw owners aren’t planning a chainsaw massacre. Nevertheless, they enjoy owning these items. Similarly, most high capacity magazine owners aren't planning to make war on their community and government. In a safe environment, it can be quite fun to shoot a target full of holes without having to stop and reload after every ten rounds. There’s nothing wrong with that.
To be honest, many of the things that make the American lifestyle so much fun are things that the average person does not "need" in order to survive. As Shakespeare once said "Reason not the need". This country is not based on people having to prove a need for something in order for them to be allowed to acquire it. If this was how things worked, most of the cars, trucks, power tools, luxuries and others items possessed by us all would not be legal to own. I don't "need" a swimming pool in my back yard but I love having one. Luckily, at least with most things, the government has to convince us why we shouldn't have something before we vote to let them take it away from us.
The final part of my answer is that gun control has been proven to have a negative impact on society and thus is not worth funding. Australia, Canada, Great Britain and other places have experienced sharp increases in violent crime immediately after banning guns. Criminals don't care about the law, and will find a way to acquire whatever gun they want, and law enforcement simply cannot stop them any more than they got rid of alcohol during the prohibition or drugs during the war on drugs. Al Qaeda operatives won't let