One of the anonymous commenters on a blog posting I'd put up in the wake of the Oak Creek massacre used a phrase I can't get out of my head.
The commenter opposed more controls on gun availability, and wanted to point out that the shooter had not used an assault weapon.
Here's his wording.
That's exactly the point: 9 mm semi-automatic pistols are common-place these days, and therein lies a life-and-death problem for innocent civilians and bystanders, students, shoppers, worshippers - - pick your venue and victims.It was a run of the mill 9mm pistol.
A person as screwed up as was the alleged Oak Creek shooter could walk into a gun shop, plunk down his money, wait a mere, legally-proscribed two days (maybe that's an area for reform: how about two months?), and head back into world - - ready for mayhem with his run-of-the-mill, rapid-fire weapon.
The first mass-produced American semi-automatic pistol, the Colt. 45, supplied US soldiers a battlefield sidearm.
It had capacity of seven rounds and one in the chamber.
The run-of-the-mill Springfield Armory 9 mm handgun Mark Wade used to shoot up the Sikh Temple, and an Oak Creek police lieutenant, had a 19-shot capacity, with one round in the chamber.
Twenty rounds, on demand.