In the wake of the shooting in Aurora, Colorado, there's been a lot of talk about gun laws. Some are saying we need stricter gun laws, others are saying we don't need stricter gun laws. So I'd like to know what gun laws could be passed that would have prevented this incident?
Here's a few things I've been thinking about. I've heard people mention limiting online ammunition sales. For those who don't know, you can buy ammunition online and have it shipped to your residence in the United States. I don't know if certain states have any particular restrictions on that, but in Missouri it's pretty lax. Some sites require a photo copy of your driver's license for proof that your old enough to buy the ammunition. Others sites do not (I'm not sure if they utilize the info on your credit card, or if there's just a checkbox saying "Yes, I'm of 18 years of age or older" etc).
The problem with limiting online ammo sales is that they would not have prevented the Aurora shooting. Yes, they guy bought 6,000 rounds of ammo, but he didn't shoot 6,000 rounds of ammo. If ammo sales were illegal, he could have simply gone to the nearest Walmart and bought the ammo.
If there was a law restricting the amount of ammo you could buy, it still wouldn't have made a difference. From what the news is reporting, he fired under a 100 shots. Most boxes of ammo come in 20 rounds per box or 50 rounds per box, so that's 2 to 5 boxes of ammo. It would be unrealistic to restrict sales to anything smaller than that.
Secondly, he was buying stuff for this incident over a period of at least 3 months. Any restriction on how much ammo you can buy at one time would fail to stop anyone whose willing to spread their efforts over a 3 month time span.
Another aspect I've heard people discuss is banning high capacity magazines. The Aurora gunmen used a 100 round drum magazine for his AR-15. If the drum mag had been illegal, it would not have prevented the shooting because according to the new reports, his drum magazine malfunction and the gun jammed, preventing him from firing off all the rounds in the magazine. In this incident the large magazine actually saved lives. Large capacity magazines are notorious for mechanical failures and are generally unreliable.
So what else could've been, should've been done?
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