While it is very simplistic to say that regulating ownership of any firearm by someone who is not, nor will never become, a criminal will solve our mass-murder problems, it is very naive at its best. If we follow this theory, how long will it be before we are forced to obtain permits to own a can of gasoline? I have read that a pint of gasoline, in a 55-gallon drum, can have the explosive power of 40 sticks of dynamite.
On March 25, 1990, Julio Gonzales set fire to Happy Land social club in the Bronx when he poured a plastic container of gasoline onto the only staircase that provided an exit from the club, killing 87 persons. Six more died later of burns for a total of 93. Would a ban on “high-capacity magazines” have stopped this carnage?
The next time you drive down the street, take notice of all of the automobiles parked in the yards and driveways of ordinary people, all of which contain at least that much gasoline, and wonder if they are all mass murderers. Saying that the ready availability of 100-round magazines or the ready availability of firearms causes mass murder is like saying the ready availability of matches causes arson.
Put God back in school. Put God back into our everyday lives and kick the American Civil Liberties Union to the curb.
Jerry W. Brown