To the Editor:
A ban on high capacity magazines might have mitigated some of the damage done to humanity at Sandy Hook School late last year, but it would not have prevented it if the shooter did not see the smaller magazine as a disadvantage up front.
Under the ban most people are talking about, the shooter would have still had access to a magazine with 10 rounds. Instead of reloading once to fire off 60 rounds one by one, as media reports would indicate the shooter did before killing himself with another weapon, he would have had to reload the rifle five times in order to fire off the 60 deadly rounds.
With the proposed ban, a few less people might have died that day before the sight of a police officer approaching caused the shooter to end to end it all, but the magnitude of the tragedy would only have been slightly diminished by my calculations.
The state police report has not yet been released. The toxicology work on the shooter has not been completed. Until we know what caused this kid to do what he did at Sandy Hook, our government cannot prevent another tragedy like Sandy Hook