Police are concluding that the semi-automatic rifle with 100-round drum attached used by the Aurora shooter jammed. He was then forced to use his Glock pistol and shotgun (a lot of the 60-some people wounded in the theater were hit by shot from the shotgun).
If this report is true, it seems sure that the malfunctioning of the assault weapon saved lives. Ordinarily it can fire 60 rounds in a minute.
I just saw an Iraq vet, among the wounded, interviewed on CNN. He leaped on top of two friends, newlyweds, and took a bullet from the assault rifle through his leg and arm. Then the gun jammed. He says he is sure he would be dead if that had not happened. The shooter couldn’t justspray the theater any more.
Logically speaking, if a jammed assault weapon can be concluded to have saved lives, so that 12 died instead of 100, then wouldn’t it follow that making assault weapons unavailable would save lives?