- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 26, 2011

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg recently gave a compassionate appeal against handgun magazines that hold 30 bullets or more, blatantly using the Arizona catastrophe as a platform for his protest. This is an incredible charade.

Mr. Bloomberg has always been against gun ownership and is using a horrible situation to pursue his goals, even though it already is a criminal offense in New York City to have a handgun in one’s possession. Why grandstand against magazine capacity when owning a gun already is against the law? Perhaps it’s just a political ploy best understood by recollecting the words of former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, who said, “Never let a serious crisis to go to waste.”

So I have a compromise suggestion for Mr. Bloomberg. Allow New Yorkers to own guns with magazines that hold the standard number of bullets to protect themselves in exchange for outlawing magazines of 30 bullets. Is the number of bullets in a magazine the issue, or is it just another attempt to control people’s ability to defend themselves?

CHRISTOPHER S. MOODY

Gaithersburg, Md.

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