Stephen Hunter Uses Journo Creds to Help Us Out

Very happy to see an op-ed like this appearing in the Washington Post. Unfortunately, I think this is a bit technically rich for ordinary people who have no experience with guns, but it gets some key points across about extended magazines.

6 Responses to “Stephen Hunter Uses Journo Creds to Help Us Out”

  1. Andy says:

    The technical explanations may help to demystify firearms and extended magazines, thus relaxing some of the impulsive gun control whims of some people.

  2. Bitter says:

    I disagree, Andy. That level of technical explanation makes the eyes of anyone not in the movement glaze over.

  3. Decent article, but not great. Some nits that will probably be picked…

    Neither Seung-Hui Cho, the Virginia Tech mass murderer, nor the alleged Fort Hood killer used extended magazines in their rampages.

    Nidal Hasan had 20 and 30 round mags on his person during in the Fort Hood shooting. Cho had 10 and 15 rounders. If your definition of extended is more than 10 rounds, both meet it. If it’s “extends from the bottom of the grip” then Hasan still meets it.

    Yes, they can use semiautomatic rifles and shotguns, protected by the Second Amendment and unlikely to be banned by local law, but women generally don’t care to put in the training needed to master them. Nor can the elderly handle them adeptly.

    Is he honestly arguing that it is easier to shoot and operate a pistol than a rifle or shotgun? Because I’ve never found that to be the case.

  4. Andy says:

    Bitter, not everybody tunes out when technical things are explained to them. Some people eat it up. And for those people, the more they know about firearms the less they’ll fear them.

    Also, its the f’ing Washing Post. You’re not about to see them publish an oped outright contradicting their deeply held anti-2A beliefs.

  5. Ian Argent says:

    Extended as in bigger than factory capacity, I think he means. Which I would argue is the correct usage. A Glock 17 standard magazine is 18 rounds. Only in Brady-speak is that an extended magazine. Likewise the 30 round magazine of the 22 wmr pistol of Kel-Tec…

  6. Adam Z says:

    What the heck in Wally-World is going on here? If NPR is mentioning this Stephen Hunter article. Quite unusual for them it seems. I wonder if everyone over there is feeling OK…