Chizult wrote:Good post. Interesting to finally hear something from Dover. Have you heard anything from any of the state legislators? Or are they completely out of contact when they're not in session?
Most politicians won't give any response before the actual bill are introduced. From that point on expect the usual run around and political doublespeak.
As to the 'report' I may have hit pay dirt when googling this phrase 'Virginia large capacity magazine ban'. Seems VA does keep records of all 'recovered' firearms. But just like many of the ATF trace reports it leaves out vital information. Like if they just took and ran the numbers when the is no actual crime. (other then carrying a gun)
One thing I did notice was that, yes, the number of firearms confiscated did have a slightly lower number of 'high capacity' magazines for the years 1998 -2004. And yes the numbers did increase after the ban, back to where they were during the first 5 years of the ban.
But what none of these articles mention is that since 2005 violent crime has been decreasing.
http://www.vsp.state.va.us/downloads/Cr ... a_2011.pdf
Page 4 shows the actual numbers going back to 2005 and the decreases in most every area of violent crime decreasing. That's something investigative reporters should have noticed. Especially since these are supposed to be laws to prevent violent crime. Yet show the opposite.
Also you'll find in these reports references to the 'Criminal Firearms Clearinghouse '. I can't find any real links to this information other then the form they fill out. Here's the one 'report' that all the left leaning sites seem to reference.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co ... 04243.html
Note at the bottom the totals. Then look at the page 4 I reference and see that there's no correlation between reduce magazine capacity and violent crimes.
What I'm not certain of is whether there was a ban on handgun magazine sizes in VA during the AWB. Because if there was not a ban on handguns magazine sizes, and most firearms used are handguns, then it's a totally worthless statistic.
"The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire." - Robert A. Heinlein
What a shame that we have the two major political parties that believe the former.