Gun control measure worse for women?
From Doug T. Graham, one of our reporters in Springfield:
Lawmakers spent another day debating gun issues at the Capitol Wednesday. While no permanent solutions were reached, an afternoon of passionate speeches from representatives on all sides of guns issues provided unique takes on aspects of gun legislation.
State Rep. Jeanne Ives, a Wheaton Republican, cited gender equality as a reason that a proposal to ban ammunition magazines that contain more than 10 bullets should fail.
“This I find pretty much offensive to women especially because more than anybody else it’s women who need the high-capacity magazines for which to defend themselves,” Ives said of one’s right to own a firearm that can shoot more than ten rounds without needing to be reloaded.
“They (women) are by nature not as aggressive nor are they as physically able to defend themselves in these types of situations,” Ives added.
Ives then cited a 2005 study that revealed New York City Police Dept. officers hit their target 8 percent of the time when they were involved in suspect shootings. Ives said after that 2005 study officers were required to carry at least 17 rounds in their magazine.
Following Ives’ comments, state Rep. Ann Williams, a Chicago Democrat, rose to tell the chamber that the winner of the sharpshooter award in the police academy class was, in fact, a woman.
“So maybe we don’t need those high capacity magazines after all,” Williams said.