Here’s what Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) had to say on the efficacy of banning high capacity magazines:
Surely nobody crafting gun-control legislation could be THAT stupid. And not the primary sponsor on the legislative effort to ban these magazines. Thankfully, her office was able to clarify the remark, assuring all concerned that DeGette had studied the issue for many years and apparently just misspoke.I will tell you these are ammunition, they’re bullets, so the people who have those now they're going to shoot them, so if you ban them in the future, the number of these high-capacity magazines is going to decrease dramatically over time because the bullets will have been shot and there won’t be any more available
She meant to say "clips" not "magazines" :
Let's all put our faith back into government. This was just another example of gun owners’ stunning lack of common sense and distortion of the "facts". I'm sure a clarification on the earlier clarification is forthcoming."The Congresswoman has been working on a high-capacity assault magazine ban for years, and has been deeply involved in the issue; she simply misspoke in referring to 'magazines' when she should have referred to 'clips,' which cannot be reused because they don’t have a feeding mechanism," Johnson said. "Quite frankly, this is just another example of opponents of common-sense gun violence prevention trying to manipulate the facts"
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Diana DeGette Draws Ire Of Gun Advocates Who Call Gun Magazine Remarks 'Stupid'