United States Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has never seen a proposed new infringement on that which shall not be infringed that he hasn’t liked, so it should come as no surprise that he is enthusiastically on board with a pair of bills recently introduced in Congress that would impose a five-year prison term for acquiring an 11-round magazine. S.407/H.R. 752, the “Large Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act of 2015,” introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Representative Elizabeth Etsy (D-CT) respectively, would even ban the practice of attaching two of the “acceptable” capacity magazines together:
(A) means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, helical feeding device, or similar device,including any such device joined or coupled with another in any manner, that has an overall capacity of, or that can be readily restored, changed, or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition . . .
Murphy attempted to justify such a ban on an Army veteran’s alleged plot to attack Congress with a rifle, according to The Hill:
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Thursday touted the bill, which would ban magazines of more than 10 rounds, hours after reports circulated that police had foiled a mass shooting plot aimed at Congress.
“Think of the damage that someone could do in the U.S. Capitol with 30 rounds,” he said at a briefing.
Murphy, it seems, would imprison us for having 11-round magazines because he personally sees such magazines as a threat to his hide. At least, though, he managed to refrain from the ludicrous hysteria of Brady Campaign president Dan Gross, who tried to use an alleged poisoning plot against Speaker John Boehner as justification for more onerous gun laws.
The alleged plot to attack Congress apparently had Murphy thinking quite a lot about the danger to him and his cronies posed by a well-armed citizenry, prompting him to make this remarkable claim:
He said those who wanted high-capacity magazines were more interested in “arming against the government.”
All the scores of millions of us? Oddly, Murphy did not bother to address some rather glaring exemptions to the ban–the usual, military, law enforcement, and retired law enforcement. So is there some need for these people to be “arming against the government”?
Murphy is frightened of a well armed American citizenry. This is very good news. Those who would presume to govern a free people should be mortally afraid of the wrath of the people whose rights they threaten.
The bills, between them, have 125 sponsors and co-sponsors. Clearly, the American people must have access to 125-round magazines.