The Washington Times - December 21, 2012, 04:56PM

Nancy Pelosi said Friday that limiting firearms to 10-round magazines is better for public safety than a 30-round magazine because “at least it gives somebody a fighting chance.”

She was reacting to National Rifle Association Executive Director Wayne LaPierre’s press conference earlier in the day, in which he said armed guards at every school were part of the answer to stem school shooting sprees.

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Mrs. Pelosi rejected the idea that more guns was better.

“Escalation is not something that is a positive force,” she said.

Mrs. Pelosi said that Congress should take a look at banning military-style semiautomatic rifles, and also said it should outlaw high-capacity magazines, saying that could limit the damage shooters can do.

“Over 130 Democrats, at least, are co-sponsors of legislation to ban the high-capacity, we call, assault magazines that enable somebody to have 30 shots instead of 10, which — 10 seems like a lot to me, but at least it gives somebody a fighting chance,” she said.

She bristled at Mr. LaPierre’s idea to create a registry of those with mental health problems. The shooter in last week’s rampage is reported to have have mental health issues.

“We know that this is complicated. We also know that 90-some percent, high-90 percent, of people who have been diagnosed or have a mental illness do not engage in violent activity,” she said. “So we’re talking about, all of the sudden, it’s the mentally ill that are responsible for this? No it isn’t.”