In the wake of the murders in Virginia Beach, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called for a special session of the General Assembly to consider several common-sense gun control laws.
As expected, Virginia Republicans responded by attacking the Governor’s call as a “cheap political trick.” Then, they all rushed to the bank to cash their checks from the NRA.
Here’s a little something Republicans don’t want you to know.
- The Virginia Beach killer used .45-caliber handguns with extended magazines, each magazine holding 30 rounds.
- For many years, the standard issue US military handgun was a Model 1911 .45-caliber pistol. The magazine held SEVEN rounds.
- The .45 was replaced with a 9mm Beretta, Model M9. The magazine held FIFTEEN rounds.
- In January 2017 the Army announced the adoption of a new handgun manufactured by Sig-Sauer, The full-sized model will be known as the M17 and the smaller-sized carry model will be known as the M18. Both weapons have a 17-round magazine.
Imagine that . . . a military weapon designed to kill carries fewer rounds than the Virginia Beach killer loaded into his pistols. High-capacity magazines for most common handguns are readily available on eBay and at many gun shops. The AR-15 — weapon of choice for most mass murderers — has a standard magazine of 10 rounds but 20- and 30-round mags are common. Yet, Republicans refuse to pass legislation limiting the size of magazines.