Yes, we’re back at it. Our gun prohibitionist is bringing up magazine capacity limits again.
(It is important to remember that this is a dramatization. There has never actually been a short conversation with a gun prohibitionist.)
GP: We must ban high capacity magazines! No one needs more than 10 rounds! Anyone who needs more than 10 rounds to do the job has no business with a gun!
Dave: Most police carry magazines with more than 10 rounds. We could start by limiting the size of the magazines that the police can have.
GP: But that would leave the police outgunned by the criminals!
Dave: You mean criminals would still carry guns with more than 10 rounds, even if they were illegal for the rest of us? These would be the same criminals that private citizens might need to defend themselves against. Wouldn’t 10 round magazine limits mean that private citizens would also be outgunned?
GP: Don’t get smart with me, Dave. Ordinary citizens are amateurs, and not to be trusted with guns. The police are the professionals and have special training in firearms.
Dave: If the police are professionals, why would they need more than 10 rounds? You did say that if anyone needs more than 10 rounds, they have no business with a gun. You’re not suggesting we disarm the police, are you?