- The Washington Times - Friday, January 25, 2013

Those who seek limitations on gun-magazine capacity as a way to protect others demonstrate a fundamental lack of understanding of the issues at hand. Not only do these individuals not understand firearms, but they also show a profound ignorance of the dynamics of violent confrontation.

While many aggressors confronted by a potential victim with a firearm will retreat to seek other victims, what happens to those who continue their attacks? Using New York Police Department sources from a recent year, we learn that one officer needs 3.5 to 4.7 shots to incapacitate a single aggressor. If the aggressor opens fire on the officer, the average number of shots needed for an officer to incapacitate him goes up to 7.6.

Home invasion is the fastest-growing crime segment in America and is generally a group endeavor. Obviously, a homeowner with a 10-round magazine facing an aggressive group has a serious problem on his hands. Reloading with additional magazines is complicated by the fact that pajamas are notoriously lacking in magazine pouches.

The best reloads are the ones that aren’t necessary. Limits on magazine capacities will not decrease crime rates — they instead will have adverse impacts on the honest.

WILLIAM R. MOORE

Ladysmith, Va.