Actually Sam, you keep bringing this back to hunting and making disparaging remarks about hunting. I question your portrayal of your motives. However, most game animals cannot be hunted with guns that hold over 3 to 5 shots, maybe a few more, my Savage 99's hold 6. Should they be illegal? Large clips or magazines have been controlled for hunting for many years. Perhaps in some states not so, hog hunting from a helicopter in Texas comes to mind. The Wardens in Maine overlook this with guys I know running coyotes with dogs. This entire debate is not about hunting as has been pointed out many times. The 2A is not about hunting, period.
Having said that, I would not be against rules about clips or magazines. Here is why.
1. They ability to change them fast is an acquired skill, depending on the gun. we still have not seen a trained competent shooter.
2. They will not be controlled by laws, I will be able to get all I want of them at anytime. Just make people like you feel better. We fight you so hard because we know this and after the law fails, you will go after more restrictive measures pointing out the failure as the reason to go further.
3. I can do all I want with ten rounds, but ten rounds is not going to be the cut off point. My XD holds 12+1 from the factory. How are you going to limit the millions of firearms already in circulation without confiscation? How do you handle the expense of trying to stop the black market that will spring up. Prohibition? Drug war? Failure.
Even in the so called wild west where everyone carried there were plenty of murders.
Even in the so called wild west is correct, so called. Guns have always been expensive, and most people in the wild west needed long guns to help them eat, fight off indians, and stop predation of their livestock. Handguns were a luxury item unless you made your living with it or protected your living with it. You have watched to many old movies, just like the new movies. What they portray and reality are two different things.
I inherited a large number of firearms, handed down for over 100 years. Do you know how many handguns there were? Yep, exactly 0. They were not needed by my ancestors in Maine who were mostly poor and needed firearms to hunt only. This does not mean they did not own some, they did. They just were not as prized as a good long gun and were sold when they were no longer needed. I wish they had kept some of those old handguns, some of the rifles are very valuable.
In wartime we got by with 20 round clips
I bet there were times that you or someone else wanted all the bullets you could stuff into the damn thing. Just because you didn't have more does not mean you couldn't have used more. You also had to lug them with you.