High-capacity magazines not needed

Is Mike McLachlan failing to represent the people? A letter in the Feb. 25 Herald says he is, apparently on the issue of gun regulation, although this letter fails to say what proposed regulation is undesirable. It probably is McLachlan’s proposed 15-round limit on semi-automatic rifle magazines that is the source of the complaint.

Let’s examine this issue for a moment. Colorado’s existing hunting regulations require no more than four rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber to hunt with semi-automatic rifles. So a 15-round magazine is way too much for hunting.

So the question arises, what is the lawful use for a magazine even as large as 15 rounds? Perhaps McLachlan was thinking about self-protection when he proposed the 15-round limit, and that is a valid reason for a larger magazine than is allowed for hunting. But the writer of the Feb. 25 letter fails to explain any reason why a 15-round magazine is insufficient for self-protection, and I can’t think of one.

On Saturday, McLachlan was attacked at a town meeting by a group of out-of-towners who had been rallied through the Internet to attend and oppose any gun regulations. He was called a traitor, even though he comes from a military family and is himself a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Those hecklers, many of whom came from outside McLachlan’s district, certainly are not representative of the people of this district. And I wonder when and how they served this country.

Richard Ruth

Durango