The murder rate in D.C. is reaching epic proportions, and according to the city’s mayor and police chief, it’s all because of high-capacity magazines.
Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Cathy Lanier are pointing to high-capacity magazines as the culprit for the city’s rising murder rates. But the police chief was unable to verifiably back up her claims when local reporter and Second Amendment proponent Emily Miller called her out.
“In D.C., over ten rounds is high-capacity, but your department doesn’t trace what kind of magazine size guns have,” said Miller. “I’m asking when you say high-capacity, where are you getting that information?”
“From the guns that we’ve recovered,” said Lanier.
But the department doesn’t actually track the magazine size of weapons seized during an arrest, nor does it account for how many rounds remained in the high-capacity magazines once they were in police control, leading many to wonder if the chief is being completely transparent.
Chief Lanier continued to make unusual claims about high-capacity magazines, like that they make the ammunition somehow more lethal.
“Multiple of our cases have high-capacity magazines and multiple rounds fired making the shots fired much more lethal,” said Lanier.
She also made questionable comments on the legal definition of high-capacity magazines.
“High-capacity magazines are magazines that are designed to enhance the normal capacity of a firearm,” said Lanier.
Not exactly. High-capacity magazines are defined as any magazine capable of carrying more than 10 rounds. In many instances, 17+1 magazines in a handgun are the “normal capacity,” and the plugs inserted into the magazines to reduce the maximum capacity are aftermarket parts meant to bring the magazines into compliance.
Miller has pledged to continue asking the chief for hard statistics on the murder crisis in D.C.
A transcript of the exchange, courtesy of Miller’s FB page:
Miller: Chief, what data are you using to determine high-capacity magazines? You’re referred to them several times.
Lanier: So I’m talking about 100 round drum magazines. That would be high capacity.
Miller: But what are you using? what data?
Lanier: Well 100 round drum magazines.
Miller: How many have you found of those?
Lanier: Extended clips that are designed to enhance the normal capacity of a firearm.
Miller: How many of those have you found?
Lanier: So high-capacity magazines are magazines designed to enhance the normal capacity of a firearm.
Miller: Well in D.C., over 10 rounds is “high capacity,” but your department doesn’t trace what kind of magazine size a gun has. So I’m saying, when you say “high capacity,” where are you getting that information?
Lanier: From the guns that we recover.
There have been 103 people killed so far this year in Washington, which is a 43 percent increase over 2014.
(This article was submitted by freelance writer Brent Rogers)