Col. Sen: Good Thing James Holmes Had That 100-Round Magazine

Colorado state Sen. Bernie Herpin offered up one of the most far-fetched arguments on behalf of selling large amounts of ammunition this week by suggesting that it was perhaps a good thing that James Holmes had a 100-round magazine when he shot up a movie theater in Aurora. At a legislative hearing, Wednesday, Herpin was arguing on behalf of his own proposal to overturn Colorado’s ban on the sale of magazines with more than 15 rounds, when Sen. Irene Aguilar pointed out that “James Holmes bought his 100-capacity magazine legally” and that “this law would have stopped James Holmes from purchasing a 100-round magazine.” Herpin agreed that, sure, maybe Holmes would not have been able to buy so much ammunition, but then threw out the idea that, “As it turned out, that was maybe a good thing that he had a 100-round magazine, because it jammed. If he had instead had four, five, six 15-round magazines, no telling how much damage he could have done until a good guy with a gun showed up.”