Talk show host Michael Savage went on a tirade today, using many of the left’s anti-gun talking points while calling for a ban on drum magazines. To paraphrase; “Do you need something like that to hunt rabbits? Enough is enough!” He used multiple hunting references, and said multiple times that he is a gun owner and a 2A “supporter” (more of the antis’ talking points). I didn’t hear any of the callers’ responses (because I work for a living and can’t be glued to a radio) but here is my own.
First, Michael, the second amendment has nothing to do with hunting. This “need” test of yours is so obviously foolish that I won’t glorify it with a response other than to say; anything you have that you don’t absolutely “need”– turn it all in, sucker, or quit using a stupid argument like the “need test”.
Why would I want a 75 or 100 round magazine? Deterrence, for one thing. Mob control for another. Are you familiar with the concept of suppressive fire? The assault rifle (full automatic) isn’t typically used in battle for mowing down hoards of enemy, charging up a hill at you. More often than not it is used for “suppressive fire”– pinning down opponents while you or your partners maneuver against them, or while others escape. A semi-auto (especially one with a large magazine) can be used effectively for suppressive fire. Remember the LA riots? Suppressive fire is a legitimate tactic even against a lone attacker.
Overall deterrence is an important factor in an armed society. That Switzerland hasn’t been attacked in over 500 years is some testament to that. The American founders spoke of the deterrent effect when they started that an armed population would hold any government in awe. “You’re never going to fight the government, and if you did, you’d lose” says Savage. Not the point, says I. Sure, you may lose, but when it is widely known that millions of Americans have the ability and the equipment to make any armed conflict a very costly one for the government, you have effective deterrence. That is an extremely important point.
And Michael, seriously, I know you are aware of the fact that prohibitions make things worse. When alcohol is prohibited, only outlaws will have alcohol, and things go all to hell– gangs get rich and powerful, corruption is rampant, and a general disrespect for the law is fostered. When drum magazines are outlawed, only outlaws will have drum magazines. That’s what you want? Really? I think you’ve been in San Fransicko for too long.
I don’t suppose you heard that the CO movie theater killer’s drum magazine jammed. Be sure to get a good one. The all-steel European 75 round AKM/RPK magazines with the ratcheting loading lever are very good. I think I’ll get another one, in your honor, Michael. We also use them in our high round count “torture testing” of our gun accessories, but as I indicated, I don’t need any reason to own them other than the fact that I damned well feel like it, Skippy.
Lastly; I’ve wondered for years whether the things you say on your show are from the heart, or if a lot of it just a shtick– playacting to what you think of as a dumb audience, for ratings. I still wonder.