April 17, 2007

Damn Occam, Full Speed Ahead

It is becoming abundantly clear that Brian Ross isn't the only member of ABC News that has the intention of using the Virginia Tech massacre to push an anti-gun political agenda, with extended magazines being mentioned again, even though there has been no corroboration that they played any factor at all:

It is unknown at this time if his guns had standard or extended clips, which, depending on the weapon, can fire as many as 30 shots before the gun has to be reloaded.

Actually, we do know for a fact that one of the weapons used, a Walther P22 that was his most recent purchase is only available with a ten-round magazine. Extended magazines for this pistol do not exist.

Extended magazines for Glocks (designed with the selective-fire Glock 18 machine pistol in mind, a weapon practically unavailable to American shooters) are capable of being used in Glock 19s do exist, but they are rather rare to encounter, and are typically found only online or through catalog order. They are rarely carried in most gun stores.

The reason is quite simple; Glocks are typically purchased for sport (target) shooting and personal defense by both civilians and police departments. When a Glock is fed an extended 31-round or even less common 33-round magazine, the weight of the extra 16-18 rounds dramatically changes the balance and weight of the pistol to make it butt-heavy, making it a bit more difficult to shoot, and the extra length and weight make it all but impossible to carry in any practical manner.

There is also no indication at all that he purchased his weapons, ammunition and accessories from anywhere other than the Roanoke gun shop where he purchased both pistols roughly a month apart, but as first voiced in Brian Ross' patently false "Blotter" blog entry yesterday and carried forth in this news article, the "deciders" at ABC News seem to have decided that they are going to hammer the extended magazine angle of this story, whether or not such magazines were even used.

"Truthy" used to be the standard for satire-based news shows. God help us now that it is ABC's new apparent standard for news.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at April 17, 2007 01:13 PM

Man I can't believe these nuts are already trying to tear down the second amendment only a week after tearing down the first. The far-left is completely out of control.

Posted by: Justin at April 17, 2007 06:45 PM

I suspect by "extended" these doofs may be referring to pre/post-ban mags with the ten round limit removed. So in other words, the standard 16-round clip is "extended" v. the ten round clip, even though it's exactly the same size.

Posted by: See-dubya at April 17, 2007 06:51 PM

PS It is also unknown at this time whether the shooter used a high-capacity nuclear bazooka firing depleted-uranium pitchforks. Stay tuned to ABC, we'll keep you advised.

Posted by: See-Dubya at April 17, 2007 06:56 PM

Why can't you wingers understand it's OK to lie as long as it's for the common good? We're going to get those big bad loud smelly scary guns off the street one way or another, then next week we're repealing the THIRD Amendment. -- Bryan

I exerpted and linked at Virginia Tech: The Day After

Posted by: Bill Faith at April 17, 2007 08:32 PM

Does NBC use armed guards to defend its facilities and employees? Does Michael Eisner and Disney use armed guards? Do these large corporations use armed bodyguards for their top executives like Rosie O'Donnell does?

Tell you what, you guys disarm yourselves, if you think guns are useless. I'll keep mine in any case.

Posted by: Jabba the Tutt at April 18, 2007 06:18 PM